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Ban stays on builder in roof con

PUBLISHED: 16:57 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010

A ROGUE trader who conned pensioners out of thousands of pounds in life savings has failed to win the right to return to the building trade. Anthony David Rossitter, of Beechwood Drive, Meopham, appeared at the Court of Appeal in London on Friday, fighti

A ROGUE trader who conned pensioners out of thousands of pounds in life savings has failed to win the right to return to the building trade.

Anthony David Rossitter, of Beechwood Drive, Meopham, appeared at the Court of Appeal in London on Friday, fighting to overturn an Asbo preventing him from working as a builder.

Rossitter, 63, was jailed for four-and-a-half years and given the Asbo in March 2007 after conning an elderly couple in south-east London out of £6,500 for shoddy and unfinished work.

Following his release on licence, the former builder applied to return to the trade but at the hearing two top judges dismissed his bid.

Sir Christopher Holland, sitting with Mr Justice David Clarke, said: "It is entirely plain there are no arguable grounds for allowing this renewed application and it is, accordingly, dismissed."

Sir Christopher told the court how Rossitter had numerous convictions for similar offences going back to 1977.

In the case which saw him jailed, the court heard how, targeting an 81-year-old man in April 2006, Rossitter convinced him work was needed on the roof of his Forest Hill home. Over the following few days, £6,500 was handed over by the man and his wife.

Very little work was actually done and that which was completed was shoddy, said Sir Christopher.

Rossitter was arrested, and was convicted of three counts of obtaining property by deception by a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court.

As his previous offending, which had also resulted in prison sentences, was linked to his work as a builder, the Asbo banning him from the industry was appropriate, Sir Christopher said.

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