Community service for rogue builder after defrauding customer of £4k

Following a recent court case, a rogue builder who had fraudulently obtained over £4,000 from a customer for a bathroom suite that he failed to install, has been ordered to undertake 100 hours of community service without pay.

The prosecution against David Turner was brought by Wirral Trading Standards.

In February 2020, the customer engaged the services of a builder to fit a bathroom suite for £4,500. The customer paid the full amount upfront, but the accused failed to purchase the suite as requested and subsequently declined to issue a refund.

Mr Turner also failed to comply with his legal obligation to provide the consumer with a statutory cancellation notice or Companies Act information.

Earlier this month, the defendant appeared in Wirral Magistrates Court to face charges related to offences under the Fraud Act, regulatory matters, and the Companies Act.

He was sentenced by the Magistrates to a 12-month Community Order, with the requirement that he must do 100 hours unpaid work as a punishment, in relation the Fraud Act and regulatory offences.

No additional punishment was made for the offence committed under the Companies Act 2006.

A Compensation Order was made for the amount claimed by the consumer, £3,450. The Court also directed that a victim surcharge amount of £95 be paid by the defendant, as well as a contribution of £1,000 to costs claimed. The total financial penalty was £4,545.

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