TWO men who conned bereaved and seriously ill pensioners across South Wales out of life savings amounting to nearly £70,000 have been sent to prison.
Ringleader Thomas Connors, 23, and his "right-hand man" Richard McCarthy, 21, both from St Mellons, were sentenced at Newport Crown Court to a total of more than five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
Ben Jones, 23, from St Mellons, and Keith Palmer, 21, of Rumney, who worked as labourers, received community orders and ASBOS.
Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, said: "They systematically and deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable people and took advantage of their frailties." The court heard that 14 pensioners had been targeted and conned out of a total of £67,000. Full story