Ex-boxer Mitchell Buckland who conned customers out of more than £30,000 in roofing scam is jailed

Ex-boxing champion who defrauded clients, including elderly couples, of more than £ 30,000 roofer scam is sentenced to 22 months in prison

  • Ex-boxer Mitchell Buckland has teamed up with boyfriend Terry Price to run roofers
  • Pair would “beautify” the work it takes to overwhelm their clients
  • The victim claimed her husband would be alive if it had not been for her actions
  • Men stood before Newport Crown Court admitting three dishonesty offenses
  • Buckland was jailed for 1 year and 10 months and Price for three years

A former boxing champ has been jailed for roofing fraud in which he cheated on clients, including a newly widowed elderly woman, of more than £ 30,000.

Ex-pro Mitchell Buckland, 28, and boyfriend Terry Price, 45, would “vastly beautify” the work it takes to overwhelm customers.

One elderly victim said her husband would be “still alive” if her actions did not cause the couple to become depressed and anxious.

Buckland won the Celtic super-lightweight title in 2015, but has not fought professionally for three years – and instead worked as a roofer.

Newport Crown Court heard that Buckland and Price were running a “massively dishonest” business, and the victims included an elderly couple named Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, whose accounts soon got out of hand.

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Mitchell Buckland, 28, (left), a former world boxing champion, and Terry Price, 45, (right) have been jailed for a fraudulent roofing scam that cheated customers of thousands of pounds

Prosecutor Lee Reynolds said that despite worries about how to afford the charges, they “felt they had no choice but to get on with the job”.

Mr Reynolds said this did not stop the couple from “pushing” his newly widowed wife to make more money, even after Mr Hughes’ death, and the couple lost more than £ 17,000.

In a statement about the impact on the victim, Ms. Hughes said: “I know my husband would still live here today if these defendants had not acted.”

Buckland and Price of Shirenewton, Cardiff, admitted three crimes related to dishonesty towards their customers.

Newport Crown Court heard that two other victims were billed £ 7,200 and £ 8,500 for unnecessary repairs to their roofs, but the third victim only agreed to pay £ 6,400.

Cora Sorensen, Buckland’s defensive father of two, said: “He was a boxer. He wanted to change that career, but instead it’s these circumstances that he finds himself in. ‘

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Pictured: Mitchell Buckland won the Celtic Super Lightweight title in 2015, but hasn’t fought professionally for three years – and instead worked as a roofer and teamed up with Price

Joshua Souller, who tempered Price, said his client accepted that he was causing “anger”.

Judge Huw Rees told the couple they were targeting “vulnerable” victims who “felt they had no choice but to have their roofs repaired.”

He said, “You caused trouble for customers. As for Mrs. Hughes, it seems to me that by your callous act you contributed to the distress which was caused in the days that followed. ‘

Buckland was jailed for 22 months and Price for three years after pleading guilty to three crimes relating to dishonesty towards his customers.

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