Con­man’s reign hits skids af­ter pants find

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A TOURIST con­man who tricked ho­tels across Bri­tain was fi­nally caught – by the skid­marks on his dirty un­der­pants.

Alexan­der Hewitt, 56, trav­elled the length of the coun­try stay­ing at guest­houses and B&BS, which he fled with­out pay­ing.

The swindler’s trade­mark was to leave an item of cloth­ing be­hind, telling own­ers he would re­turn.

But a court heard his plan back­fired af­ter po­lice were able to track him down us­ing DNA left be­hind on stained un­der­wear.

Hote­liers gave the dirty wash­ing to po­lice, who used DNA sci­ence to prove it was Hewitt.

He will now spend six months in jail af­ter ad­mit­ting his scam.

Flintshire mag­is­trate Alas­tair Wil­liams said: “You have trav­elled the length and breadth of the coun­try stay­ing in ho­tels and mak­ing off with­out pay­ment.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Su­san Dun­combe said: “That is how he lives. It’s what he does pro­fes­sion­ally.

“For­tu­nately, po­lice got a DNA hit off his cloth­ing and that is how he was tracked down.”

Gary Har­vey, de­fend­ing bearded Hewitt, said: “It is ru­in­ing his life and he plans to stop do­ing it.” ERIC Daniel Pierre Can­tona is French, which goes a fair way to ex­plain­ing his men­tal­ism.

The Man Utd leg­end had a dis­ci­plinary record that would make At­tila the Hun blush, and un­der­scored his on-pitch ag­gres­sion with a fly­ing kung-fu kick at a fan in 1995.

Hav­ing been red-carded for a lunge on the Crys­tal Palace keeper, he leapt twofooted at Matthew Sim­mons in the crowd, fol­low­ing up the as­sault with a few right-han­ders for good mea­sure.

The as­ton­ish­ing at­tack made head­lines world­wide and brought King Eric an ar­rest for as­sault and a two-week prison sen­tence, later re­duced to 120 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice. The FA banned him for eight months, fined him £30k and dubbed him

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