Rogue builder, 49, who was spared jail after conning 84-year-old pensioner out of £35,000 life financial savings could not must pay a PENNY in compensation

  • Mark Bibby insists motoring fines imply he cannot repay aged John Gardner
  • He conned pensioner for a number of jobs, together with £8,000 to interchange roof tiles 
  • Mr Gardner stated he is been left penniless after being ripped off by Bibby in 2016
  • Portsmouth Magistrates initially ordered Bibby to pay £500-a-month to sufferer
  • Determine was reduce to £100 however courtroom could now slash month-to-month charges even additional
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Richard Spillett Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

Merciless Mark Bibby  claims he can't afford to pay back a pensioner he conned out of £35,000

Merciless Mark Bibby  claims he can't afford to pay back a pensioner he conned out of £35,000

Cruel Mark Bibby claims he cannot afford to pay again a pensioner he conned out of £35,000

A conman builder who duped a pensioner out of his £35,000 life financial savings may now get off having to pay his sufferer compensation.

Mark Bibby was spared jail for conning aged John Gardner out of hundreds for shoddy work at his residence in Portsmouth.

The 49-year-old admitted prices and was ordered to pay again £500 a month for the following 5 years to his sufferer.

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However he is now gone again to courtroom insisting £800 in motoring fines he faces imply he cannot repay the aged sufferer.

After magistrates lowered the compensation order to £100 a month, a courtroom has now ordered one other assessment which may see if knocked down additional.

Talking at his residence immediately, Mr Gardner stated: ‘As far I am involved it simply appears they need me to put in writing it off. The purpose is, I would like the £500 a month however that’s not going to occur as a result of he hasn’t received it.

‘I simply must hope that there will likely be a change… I would like money and that is it. However my funds have all gone.’

His daughter Sue Gardner-Gaudin added: ‘There was a little bit of hope with £500 a month, we may have finished with that cash. Then it’s lowered to £100 a month.’

She described the broader affect the household has suffered because of Bibby’s botched job, and the following courtroom case.

‘In between all of it, the grandchildren haven’t been right here for years. My sister was away overseas on the time and attempting to assist pops and it’s a whole lot of work to observe a courtroom case. That was principally a full-time job for her.’

John Gardner, 84, was overcharged by the rogue builder for multiple jobs between March and July 2016

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John Gardner, 84, was overcharged by the rogue builder for multiple jobs between March and July 2016

John Gardner, 84, was overcharged by the rogue builder for a number of jobs between March and July 2016

Talking about her father, she stated: ‘He took benefit of his ignorance – particularly his age. Neither my sister nor I have been within the nation and it was Pops on his personal – and he was 82 on the time.’

Bibby quoted his sufferer £8,000 to restore tiles on his roof after they have been broken in a storm, a job that ought to solely have price round £1,800.

A courtroom heard father-of-five Bibby continued to ask for more cash as work was carried out, together with £10,000 for clearing asbestos which was discovered.

Nevertheless, the work was of such a poor high quality Mr Gardener’s loft was contaminated, with valuable household pictures and different gadgets coated with asbestos.

He admitted two counts of participating in a industrial follow which, by omission, was deceptive, two of knowingly participating in reckless follow and one cost of creating a false bill

A courtroom heard Bibby was struggling to stability the £30,000 order with £788.34 dashing fines imposed by Avon and Somerset Police.

The pensioner was quoted £8,000 to repair tiles on his roof in Portsmouth after they were damaged in a storm, a job that should only have cost £1,800

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The pensioner was quoted £8,000 to repair tiles on his roof in Portsmouth after they were damaged in a storm, a job that should only have cost £1,800

The pensioner was quoted £8,000 to restore tiles on his roof in Portsmouth after they have been broken in a storm, a job that ought to solely have price £1,800

The bench heard that he collected the fines from 2010, 2012 and 2018 and had made some funds.

Nevertheless, Mr Gardner had not but obtained any cash after the courts failed to mix the accounts of his compensation and dashing fines earlier than the proceedings a couple of days earlier than Christmas.

Presiding Justice of the Peace Graham Aitkin stated: ‘It is a big amount of cash for somebody in your state of affairs… so there could be steps we are able to take to see if the compensation could be lowered, as a result of in proof, the phrases are very are clear and an individual in your state of affairs shouldn’t be able to paying that amount of cash.

‘You might be doing nothing mistaken – the shambles is on us.’ Mr Aiken added.

The case was adjourned for an extra assessment of his funds on January 29. 

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