Posted on: 21 January 2021
A mobile carpet fitter from Somerset has admitted two charges of fraud and has been given 12-month community order and told to pay £1,585 in compensation and costs.
Tom Brazil, 39, of Moorland Park, Hewish, Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to charges of false representation, and failing to meet the requirements of professional diligence under Consumer Protection regulations at Taunton Magistrates Court on January 13.
The court heard that Brazil was operating as a sole trader offering mobile fitting services for furniture, carpets and decorating jobs.
The case was bought by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards following a complaint from a former customer.
In January 2019 Brazil took payment in advance but subsequently failed to supply and fit a bedroom wardrobe and failed to respond adequately to the customer’s complaint that he hadn’t carried out the work promised.
The case was delayed by the courts due to the pandemic, but the matter was dealt with by Taunton Magistrates.
Brazil was given a 12-month community order for 120 hours of unpaid community work. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim of £1,000 and a contribution of £500 towards the prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Stephen Gardiner, Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Legal Process Manager, said: “Victims of rogue trading tend to be elderly and vulnerable and can suffer both emotionally and physically after an offence.
“Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service will continue to take enforcement action to protect residents from unfair trading practices.
“If you want to employ a trusted trader I recommend you look at our Buy With Confidence website.”