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Two Killarney roof scammers arrested in Sydney

By Sean Moriarty

Police in Sydney have arrested two Killarney men on foot of alleged roof scams in the Australian city.

Patrick Michael O'Brien, who is believed to have previously lived in Ballyspillane, was arrested nearby New South Wales Police near Sydney Airport on Monday.

The following day Tom Humphreys, who is originally from County Cork but had an address in Ballyspillane, was arrested at Sydney Airport while trying to flee the country.

Police allege O’Brien defrauded two women living in Sydney of $900,000 after he promised to repair their roofs. He defrauded a 70-year-old woman of $276,300 after carrying out work between May 2019 and August 2019 and that he defrauded a 56-year-old woman of $623,180 after conducting unfinished work on the roof of her home between September 2019 and December 2019.

Officers also allege that 41-year-old Humphreys posed as a tradesman and defrauded a 70-year-old woman of $103,500 after conducting unfinished work on the roof of her home in Dover Heights area of Sydney between January 2019 and February 2019.

O’Brien was identified while sitting in a car near the city’s airport on Monday of this week.

“He was taken to Kogarah Police Station, where the warrant was executed for the offences of receive property stolen outside NSW, and dishonestly obtain property by deception; he was also charged with a second count of dishonestly obtained property by deception over the Stanmore incident,” a NSW Police statement said.

On Tuesday Police detained Humphreys at Sydney Airport.

“He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with eight counts of dishonestly obtaining benefit by deception,” said a police statement.

Both men were refused bail and will face court again in June. It is not confirmed that the two incidents are linked.

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

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The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

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Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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