Jobie Newland, 28, of Malvern Road, Grays, Essex, formerly of Sandy Park, Fen Road, Cambridge yesterday (Wednesday 17 January) pleaded guilty to a fraud offence at Peterborough Magistrates Court following an investigation by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards.
The bench took a very serious view of the offending due the significant financial loss and the age of the victims. Newland was sentenced to nine weeks imprisonment suspended for one year, 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation.
The case centred on a lady in Cambridge who asked JKJ Property Services to fix her gutters in December 2015. Newland convinced his victim she also needed urgent repairs to her flat roof and quoted £6,000.
After the work was complete, the lady noticed water leaking and damage, Newland and his labourer returned twice to fix the roof and when she couldn’t get hold of him for a third time she called in an another roofer. He showed her pictures of the condition of the roof. Trading Standards commissioned a surveyor who reported the work was not carried out in accordance to the invoice as ‘torch on’ rubberoid had not been used, only 25mm insulation was put in place rather than 100mm and he said it would cost £14,500 to repair. He also noted that gaffer tape had been used to repair the leaks.
Newland was charged with Fraud by False Representation under section two of the Fraud Act 2006.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Head of Trading Standards Peter Gell said: “Our officers will continue to bring these type of offenders to justice, but we’d urge householders to be aware of rogue traders. If you are advised about urgent repairs it’s worth considering having a survey carried out and obtain three quotes from reputable builders or roofers.
“We won’t tolerate this type of rogue trading in our county.”