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Crack addict from Norwich jailed for vehicle parts con

A crack cocaine addict from Norwich has been jailed for 21 months for defrauding people of about £10,000.

Robin Scott Butler, of Walcot Close, admitted 19 counts of fraud at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard that Butler would offer to sell motorcycle or car parts to people and take a deposit but never deliver the goods.

Thirty-seven-year-old Butler has previous convictions for dishonesty, the court heard.

Nick Methold, prosecuting, said the offences took place between November last year and June this year.

'Remarkably dishonest'

He said that when Butler was arrested he said he had to pay £200 a day for crack cocaine.

Jonathan Morgans, representing Butler, said his client had lost his business.

Jailing Butler, Judge Paul Downes told him: "You seem to be a remarkably dishonest man.

"Your record shows when it suits you, you steal from others simply for your own benefit.

"The offences were quite deliberate and you must have planned them."

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