A conman who tricked Good Samaritans into giving him money has appeared in court - less than a year after being jailed over similar offences.
Faisal Chaudhry knocked on the door of several Huddersfield residents claiming to be a neighbour and locked out of his house. He claimed he needed money for either a taxi or to get a new key cut.
The 34-year-old was jailed for 72 weeks last July for an identical con.
The Dalton man committed the latest offences while subject to licence following his release from jail.
He appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in custody where he pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation.
The first offence was in Hopkinson Road, Sheepridge, on June 7. Chaudhry knocked on the door of a woman aged on her mid 60s, claimed to be a neighbour and said he had been locked out.
He said he needed some money to get to work and the woman handed over two £10 notes.
He returned again later to ask the victim for more cash for a taxi.
The woman subsequently became aware that Chaudhry, of Eton Avenue, was not a neighbour and reported him to police.
The following day he went to Wood View in Birkby and asked a younger woman for £10 but she didn’t give him any money after realising that he was lying.
Chaudhry then tried to con a retired man out of £100 at his home in Arnold Street, also in Birkby, on June 13, claiming he’d broken his key.
In mitigation Amjid Mahmood said that his client, who tested positive for cocaine following his arrest, committed offences to find his addiction to class A drugs.
He told magistrates: “These are not the most serious offences.
“He goes round the streets, knocks on the door and makes a story up.”
Chaudhry has now been recalled to prison after committing the offences after being released from prison on licence.
He was jailed at Leeds Crown Court last July after admitting 10 charges of fraud.
He was committed to Leeds Crown Court for sentencing on July 20 and remanded him in custody.