A MAN has admitted entering the Smith’s Wood home of a 90-year-old dementia sufferer with intent to steal on three occasions.
Robert Johnson, 43, of Shirestone Road, Tile Cross, had also demanded payment for work that he had never carried out at the victim’s address, a court heard.
Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting at Solihull Magistrates Court, said: “The complainant is a very vulnerable old lady.
“She is 90 years of age and suffers from Alzheimer’s, dementia and arthritis.
“On December 2, the complainant’s nephew was at the address with two young children.
“The defendant turned up and demanded £80 for work he said he had carried out to the roof.”
The nephew eventually paid Johnson £50 but, on having the roof assessed the following day, found that no work had actually taken place.
But the conman returned to the pensioner’s home on February 13, when he was discovered by one of the victim’s carers in the hallway.
“He had simply let himself into the property,” Mr Stoddart added. “When challenged, he said he was the grandson.”
Described as being “aggressive” and “smelling strongly of drink”, the court heard the defendant had once again demanded money for work carried out to the roof, this time £200.
But when the quick-thinking carer claimed other social workers were on their way, he had left “in rather a hurry.”
Johnson also admitted entering the property on two further occasions, March 4 and 13. The final time culminated in a “scuffle” between the defendant and one of the elderly occupier’s relatives who attempted to keep the would-be thief out.
Johnson was remanded in custody and due to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).