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Man tried to change will to gain St Albans house

A man has admitted attempting to change an 87-year-old's will so he could inherit the man's £450,000 Hertfordshire home.

Simon Kopp, 24, pleaded guilty to fraud at St Albans Crown Court.

Kopp, of Long Johns, Hemel Hempstead, befriended Kenneth Howkins in August 2009 while carrying out work on his garden in St Albans, the court heard.

Judge Martin Griffith told Kopp he had "zero chance of success" with the will change and adjourned sentencing.

He granted Kopp bail and warned him he could face a custodial sentence.

The court heard Kopp worked on the garden as part of a group of travellers and seven months later, in March this year, contacted a solicitor about Mr Howkins' will.

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