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Kidderminster conman targeted pensioners
8:45am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER conman who targeted elderly residents in the Stourbridge and Halesowen area and pocketed hundreds of pounds from telling them sob stories has been further remanded in custody.
Darren Hemmings told people he desperately needed money to visit his pregnant wife in hospital and he conned pensioners aged between 79 and 94 during a three month crime spree.
The 43-year-old persuaded one man to hand over £150 by claiming his wife was extremely ill while he intimidated another victim who gave him £20 in order to get him to leave her Stourbridge home.
Hemmings of Hurcott Road admitted six charges of obtaining money by false representation when he appeared before Dudley Magistrates.
He was committed for sentence to Wolverhampton Crown Court and the case against him should have been finalised when he appeared before Recorder Leo Pyle.
But the court was told by Mr Oliver Woolhouse defending that Hemmings was set to be charged with a number of other identical frauds.
He has made admissions to the offences in interview with police officers, said Mr Woolhouse who added, "There will be at least one more charge with a number of other cases to be taken into consideration."
The Recorder then told Hemmings he must stay in prison until November 14th when it expected the other charges will be on file and he can be sentenced.
The Magistrates had been told they were repeated offences committed against a number of vulnerable victims and they began when he knocked on the door of a 94-year-old man in Oldswinford,.
He claimed he had broken down and he needed money to get a taxi to visit his wife and he persuaded the pensioner to give him £75.
Hemmings then visited the home of an elderly woman in Stourbridge and told her he needed to get a taxi to hospital because his wife was in labour but she refused to give him any cash.