Prosecution after trader fails to undertake works

Austin Jackson, from Wolverhampton, received over £3,700 from a woman in Great Barr after agreeing to carry out work in her loft and fit a brand new kitchen which he then failed to do.

The victim was left without funds to employ another contractor to carry out the work.

Mr Jackson pleaded guilty to offences under the Fraud Act 2006, Theft Act 1968 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on 6 December 2018. The prosecution was brought by Sandwell Council’s trading standards department.

Mr Jackson was ordered to repay the victim in full as well as to pay £2,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

In addition, Jackson was given a three-month weekend curfew and will wear an electronic tag.

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