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Pensioner tells court he was ‘stupid’ at trial of salesman accused of swindling elderly people

Pensioner tells court he was ‘stupid’ at trial of salesman accused of swindling elderly people
05 Sep
1:54

An OAP yesterday told a court he was “stupid” for believing a salesman’s claim he’d only have to pay £3000 for a £12,000 heating system .

He said he paid Stephen Hughes a £1200 deposit after the salesman told him that he would get a £9000 Government grant towards it.

But when 64-year-old Duncan Grant got his information pack, he found he’d have to take out a loan for that sum from Glasgow firm Celsius Energy Solutions.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that when Duncan tried to cancel and get his deposit back, the money was never paid .

Duncan, of Grantown on Spey, told the court Hughes met him on February 27, 2015, adding: “He said I’d get a Government subsidy of 75 per cent but I had to have it installed by the end of March. But when I got the information pack, there was one mention it involved a loan.

“I can’t believe I was so stupid. I thought I was only going to pay £3000 for a £12,000 heating system. I cancelled that weekend, asking for my deposit back.”

Duncan, one of 48 prosecution witnesses, said he got an email from Hughes promising a refund which “never transpired”.

Hughes, of Whiteinch, Glasgow, is accused of dishonestly obtaining thousands of pounds from elderly people as deposits for heating systems.

He denies 62 breaches of the Consumer Protection Act from July 2014 to June 2015 in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

The charges allege Hughes represented firms Free Energy Scotland and Celsius Energy Solutions.

The second witness was 68-year-old cook Helen Grant, also from Grantown on Spey.

She said Hughes was “quite convincing” when he explained how her electric radiators would be replaced with the hot air system.

Helen said she paid him £1600 of the £11,000 total, also believing she’d receive a Government grant towards the balance.

She added: “If I had been told it involved a loan, I’d never have pursued it. I contacted him and cancelled. He said he would send me a cheque but it never arrived.”

The trial continues.

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/pensioner-tells-court-stupid-trial-13192973

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