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Hereford carpenter sentenced for terrifying verbal assaults on elderly victims

At Worcester Crown Court this week (21st February), Jeffrey Stoddart of 63 Whitecross Road, Hereford was given a community sentence of 200 hours unpaid work and a two year supervision order for pleading guilty to three charges of unfair trading offences, in a case taken by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Stoddart, 59, who traded as Capricorn Too on Whitecross Road, Hereford had fitted a kitchen and a wardrobe for two vulnerable elderly ladies and when they complained about the standard of workmanship he was aggressive, intimidating and used the most foul and abusive language, leaving the women shaking and terrified.

His honour, Judge Plunkett, stated these were very serious matters and nothing could even begin to justify Stoddart’s behaviour which resulted in trauma and distress for elderly victims. He went on to say it would be disproportionate to send a man aged 59 of previous unblemished character to prison on this occasion.

Herefordshire Council’s head of consumer and business protection, Mike Pigrem, said after the hearing: “This is a very disturbing case. It is wholly unacceptable for anyone to treat people in this manner.  Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for Herefordshire Council and we will tackle those who, in any way, prey on such people.

“The standard of workmanship in this case, as well as the abuse, was simply appalling and totally inexcusable.”

Anyone needing property repairs is advised to consult the council’s trader register at “.