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Cowboy builder conned family out of £60k and left home in ruins

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2023

A cowboy builder allegedly conned a family out of £60,000 and left their home in ruins, The Sun has reported.

Tomosz Krol, 39, and his wife Marta, 37, wanted an extension to their three-bedroom house but have instead spent two years "living on a building site".

The couple signed a contract with Lee Slocombe in 2021 - unaware he had served three years and seven months behind bars for fraud.

They agreed to pay £40,000 for two extra bedrooms and an en-suite at their £300,000 semi in Fairwater, Cardiff, but this quickly shot up to £60,000 as he "kept asking for more and more".

Almost none of the materials arrived and Slocombe then ditched the job part-way through, reportedly leaving the property in a state.

"It's been two years and we are living on a building site," Tomosz told MailOnline.

It’s dangerous for us and the children, and it's bitterly cold in the house during the winter."

The family, including 18-month-old Alijia and Tomosz's stepdaughter Oliwia, 16, have to negotiate temporary steps before entering a tunnel just to reach the side door of the house.

Their neighbours have also complained that the set-up is an eyesore in the street.

Tomosz has done what he can with the brickwork himself, but they are still left with exposed wires, scaffolding and half-finished plaster.



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