4:31pm Monday 26th March 2012
A KIDDERMINSTER plumber who hit a vulnerable Oldbury pensioner with a bill for over £2,200 when he was called out to his home to repair a leak has been warned he could be spending time behind bars.
Steven Greenaway carried out work that was totally unnecessary and also overcharged the 76-year-old man, who was suffering from Huntington's disease.
Greenaway, of Marlpool Lane, had denied two charges of fraud but he was found guilty on unanimous verdicts by the seven man-five woman jury.
They retired for just 61 minutes to consider the evidence at the end of the three-day trial before returning their verdicts at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Judge Michael Dudley had earlier directed the panel to find Greenaway not guilty on a third charge of fraud and of stealing £600 from the pensioner.
He made the direction on the two charges, which had also been denied by Greenaway, after submissions from Mr Simon Rippon defending.
The Judge remanded Greenaway on bail until the week beginning April 16 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report which, he said, was vital before the case could be concluded.
He warned Greenaway, who showed no reaction as the jury announced their verdicts: "I am making no promises as to what the sentence will be. I don't know at the moment,"
Mr Mark Jackson prosecuting for Sandwell Council's Trading Standards Department said Greenaway was a self-employed plumber working as a sub-contractor for a firm called First Action Maintenance Ltd.
He called at the pensioner's home in Pound Road because he had a leaking bathroom tap and all he wanted was for the leak to be fixed but Greenaway charged him for a new bath he fitted which, the pensioner who had a number of "chronic" medical conditions, did not need.
Greenaway, in evidence, told the jury he gave good service to the man and maintained he had supplied a price before installing the new bath because his old bath did have a leak.
The 39-year-old, a man of previous good character, said: "It was clear a new bath was required. The man even told me to mind the pictures on the wall. Why would he have said that if he did not know a new bath was coming down?"
He said he had discussed the job fully with the man so he knew at all times what he intended to do and he gave him the option of calling in another firm to do the work.
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