Roofer fined for overcharging elderly woman

A Llangefni man who overcharged an elderly woman for work carried out at her home has been told to pay more than £3,000.

Chris Evans, who runs a roofing firm, also pleaded guilty to charging for work which had not been carried out at a house in Caernarfon.

Gwynedd Trading Standards said the case, heard at Caernarfon Magistrates Court earlier this month, should act as a ‘warning’ to others.

The court heard Evans had been hired to carry out repairs on the roof of a conservatory at a cost of £700. During the day, the roofer drew attention to lead flashing, which could be repaired for a further £450 by welding.

But several weeks after the roof was repaired, damp patches appeared near where the work had been carried out.

Evans promised to return to the house for an inspection, but when he failed to turn up, trading standards officers from Gwynedd Council were alerted.

They found the agreed work had not been carried out, even though it had been paid for – and the additional repairs should not have cost more than £100.

Evans (39), who admitted both charges, was fined £615 and ordered to pay £1,932 in costs, £450 compensation and a victim surcharge of £61.

Reacting to the case, Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: ”The action of rogue traders can have a significant financial and emotional impact on consumers, particularly the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

”This result is testament to the hard work of the council’s Trading Standards officers and to our commitment to protecting the health, safety and economic wellbeing of Gwynedd residents.”

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