Builder who fleeced Bury St Edmunds company is jailed

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A builder who fleeced a Bury St Edmunds company has been jailed for seven years.

Peter Giblin, 39, ordered two hot boxes, which are used to transport tarmac, from Proteus Equipment but the cheque he sent the company for £13,200 bounced.

It later emerged that at the time Giblin, of Colonial Drive, Northampton, had just £95 in his bank account. The two hot boxes have never been recovered.

On Friday at Ipswich Crown Court a jury convicted Giblin of three offences of fraud by false representation and six offences of theft.

Three other alleged offences of fraud by false representation on which the jury were unable to agree will remain on file.

Giblin was also accused of renting machinery including four diggers, a roller and two dumper trucks from plant hire companies in the Midlands, Staffordshire and Yorkshire and failing to pay the resulting bills.

None of the equipment, worth in total tens of thousands of pounds, has ever been recovered. Giving evidence, Giblin denied that he had intended to act fraudulently when he rented the equipment and disputed prosecution claims that none of it could be found.

Mr Recorder Stephen Solley QC said immediate custody was the only realistic option.