Jazz Beach, 28 of Meldreth, Cambridgeshire was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months last Thursday (5 October) at Cambridge Magistrates Court.
After a trial at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 27 September, Beach was found guilty of two offences, the theft of £10,000 and one charge under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following a joint investigation by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards.
He failed to show a public liability insurance certificate, provide receipts of materials purchased and complete work in accordance with the schedule agreed. Beach requested payment for materials when those materials were not used in the construction and used bricks that were not consistent with the agreed plans without the consumer’s approval.
Beach, as JB Builders, promised to build an extension to the victims’ home and landscape their garden for £43,000 in 2016. The project was due to be completed in 10 weeks as the victim needed the extension built prior to knee surgery and Beach assured them it would be done. He demanded money throughout the work which was completed slowly. More money was paid before work stopped and he failed to pay this back.
During the trial the court heard how on each occasion the money was transferred it was taken out of the account in cash a few days later. Beach claimed he gave the money back but evidence showed this was a lie.
At sentencing, the magistrates took into account the compelling victims statement and the amount of distress it had caused them. Beach was also ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work, 10 days of rehabilitation activity, pay £10,000 of compensation and £600 costs.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Head of Trading Standards Peter Gell said: “In this case it was immediately recognised Beach failed to supply important documents to the victims. This restricted the consumer’s freedom of choice to decide on which builder to employ.
“This case has had a distressing impact on the victims, they needed the extension built prior to knee surgery which meant they couldn’t get proper access in and out of their home, had to put their dogs in kennels and give up part of their life earned pension money to re-do the work.
“We will continue to work with our partners to keep the people of Cambridgeshire safe and we won’t tolerate this type of rogue trading in our county.”