Goring conmen sentenced for property fraud


Two men have been convicted of conning an elderly scientist out of £519,000 during nearly two decades of intimidation.

Stephen Green, 63, and Clive Smith, 36, were found guilty of defrauding Leslie Drain from Oxfordshire between 1992 and 2011.

Oxford Crown Court heard the pair intimidated Dr Drain into paying them for housework and becoming a joint investor in a farm in the New Forest.

Green, of Cadnam, Hampshire, was sentenced to six years and Smith, of Thatcham, Berkshire, got 18 months suspended for two years.

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