A ROGUE Cheshire trader who left a customer’s house roofless has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds.
Stephen Ainsley, who ran Orford-based Sabrik UK, was found guilty of four trading standards offenses at Warrington Magistrates Court after a trial.
These counts related to two addresses in Preston and Bolton on which the 61-year-old had carried out “poor quality” work.
In February 2020, he agreed to build an extension on one property and complete roofing work on the other.
Ainsley was given over £7,000 to provide the doors and windows for the old house, but never made it.
The builder also agreed to payments before the work was completed, totaling around £17,000.
But he then informed the owner that he had no more money, that he could not carry out the work and that he had not reimbursed.
Ainsley then removed the roof from the second house and left the building ‘exposed to the elements’ for six months before again informing the client that he had run out of money and would not be able to finish the job.
The two victims had to appoint new workmen to repair the incomplete work and the damage caused by the weather, paying “substantial sums” to do so.
The defendant – whose head office was at Warrington Business Park on Long Lane – pleaded not guilty to all charges but was convicted last month.
Magistrates were told Ainsley, from Wigan, ‘had limited funds’ and was instead told to repay a total of £6,000 in compensation to the two claimants.
Cllr Hitesh Patel, Warrington Borough Council Executive Council Member for Environment, Housing and Public Safety, said: ‘We are pleased with the outcome of this case and that the two clients involved have been able to receive compensation for unprofessional, costly and unfair business practices. of this construction company.
“These types of behaviors that benefit consumers, where they often have to foot the bill to rectify poor or incomplete work, will not be tolerated at Warrington.
“If you’ve had a similar experience and need to report a trading standards issue, you can find out more and report an incident on the council’s website.”