A rogue trader who demanded excessive money for work to be carried out at the home of an elderly gentleman was granted bail on the condition that he refrain from carrying out repair work for remuneration in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny District Court heard that on September 30, 2016 gardaí received a call to go to the home of a pensioner at approximately 4pm.
The man, who lives close to Kilkenny city centre informed the gardaí that earlier in the day guttering work was carried out at his property by four males and that he paid €1,100 in cash.
A garda viewed the work and saw that it was substandard and that the payment made had been excessive.
The court heard that the defendant, Miley Connors, 1 Ardmore Park, Ballybeg who pleaded guilty to the offence of deception has 22 previous convictions in relation to road traffic matters.
Solicitor Chris Hogan told the court that he was seeking a probation report.
He also informed the court that following negotiation between the defendant and the gardaí it was agreed that compensation of €1,600 would be paid over.
The victim, who was present in court, declined to make a victim personal statement.
The case was adjourned to January 22 for a pre-sanction probation report to include suitability for community service.
The judge stated that a condition of bail is that the defendant is to refrain from carrying out repair work for remuneration in Kilkenny city or county.
The offence is of making gain or causing loss by deception under section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act.