Suspended sentence for rogue roofer

Andrew Wilson, 43, of Stockbridge Lane, Bentley, Doncaster, was sentenced at York Crown Court to nine months imprisonment suspended for 2 years, and ordered to hold out 250 hours of unpaid work, following an investigation by trading standards officers into his business, Weatherguard.

Wilson had pleaded guilty to offences against to the patron Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. The whole offences arose from complaints made to Trading Standards by consumers, after Wilson cold-called them offering to hold out roofing work to their properties within the Selby area between July 2011 and January 2012.

Wilson’s victims included a 78-year-old man living alone, who paid £2,940 after repeated visits by Wilson over two months. Wilson told the victim every time he visited that further work was needed. A chartered surveyor who later examined the work estimated its value at £875.

In a second case, a 78-year-old widow paid £500 for a task which began with an estimate of £100. The chartered surveyor said a number of the work conducted was not required, some wasn’t done, and a few was sub-standard. He said: “It’s my opinion that not one of the work accomplished to the roof of this property is fit for purpose and effectively has no value whatsoever, because the householder will now be faced with having this work correctly undertaken by another contractor, likely at the same or greater cost.”

A third case involved a lady in her sixties who paid £4,050 following repeat visits by Wilson over five weeks to assert further work was needed. The chartered surveyor’s opinion was that some work was not required, some was not done and a few was sub-standard, to the level that it will cause an important risk of water penetrating the interior of the valuables. He valued the work at £1,495.

Recorder Attwooll told Wilson: “You’re a cowboy builder who bullied your customers into allowing you to do their work.”

A Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing will now follow to recover assets gained by Wilson from his illegal activity and to compensate the victims.