Conman who targeted elderly in Stourbridge and Halesowen ordered to remain in custody (From Halesowen News)
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Conman who targeted elderly in Stourbridge and Halesowen ordered to remain in custody
6:28pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A CONMAN who targeted elderly residents in Stourbridge and Halesowen, pocketing 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 to get him to leave her Stourbridge home.
Hemmings, of Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, 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 on Thursday October 17.
But Oliver Woolhouse, defending, told the court 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 - Mr Woolhouse said, adding: "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 14 when it is expected the other charges will be on file and he can be sentenced.
The magistrates were told there were repeated offences against vulnerable victims and they began when he knocked on the door of a 94-year-old Oldswinford man.
He claimed he had broken down and needed money to get a taxi to visit his wife and he persuaded the pensioner to give him £75.
Hemmings then visited an elderly Stourbridge woman’s home 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.