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Unqualified tradesman given three months to pay up over dangerous work on house


The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

An unqualified electrician and gas fitter has been given three months to pay €5,000 for carrying out dangerous work at a house in Dublin.

Tradesman, Noel Perrin (63) of Tymon Lawn, Old Bawn, Tallaght, Dublin is being prosecuted by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) in connection with works he did in a house at Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, in Dublin from August 2015 until April last year.

On Tuesday sentencing was adjourned until April and he was ordered to pay compensation and to come up with prosecution costs.

He had pleaded guilty in October to carrying out works without being a registered gas installer or electrical contractor and describing himself in a manner likely to suggest he was qualified.

Last month, solicitor Shane Reynolds, for CER, told Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court that the owner of the house contacted a builder to carry out upgrades at her home. The work was subcontracted to Perrin who did gas and electrical work without being qualified.

The work was found to be so unsafe that Gas Networks Ireland would not fit a gas meter, Mr Reynolds said. The electrical work was also found to be unsafe as well, he added.

The offence can result in a fine of €5,000 per offence as well as a possible six-month sentence.

The case had been adjourned until Tuesday for him to pay €4,105 compensation to the home owner, who had to pay a qualified tradesman take over the job.

The accused brought €1,300 to court and the judge allowed him a three month adjournment to come up with the rest of the compensation as well as another €1,000 in prosecution costs.

He has been warned that if the compensation and costs were paid that would be taken into account when the judge assesses what fine, if any, should be imposed.

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