THE director of a property maintenance company has been spared a court conviction for having a website which wrongfully suggested he was an industry approved gas fitter.
Tim Gunning of Reactive Property Maintenance, Dundrum Business Park, Dublin, had pleaded guilty in July to unlawfully describing himself as a registered gas installer without being a member of a designated body, between February 27 and March 18 last.
His prosecution at Dublin District Court came following an anonymous complaint was made to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) about the registered gas installer (RGI) logo on his website.
CER officer Edward McDonald had told prosecution solicitor Adrian Lennon that Gunning's website used the RGI logo which "suggested he was registered installer when in fact he is not".
Mr Gunning had claimed in court that the website design company had included the RGI logo without his knowledge.
He also said logo was removed from the website immediately after CER contacted him.
The offence carries a possible €5,000 fine and a possible six month sentence.
Judge John O'Neill said he accepted Gunning's explanation and he gave him credit for pleading guilty at the first opportunity.
He had ordered him to pay €250 to cover CER's legal costs and to donate €500 to charity saying the case would be struck out if Gunning complied. Otherwise a fine with a court conviction would be imposed, the judge warned.
Yesterday the judge noted that the money had been paid and he struck out the prosecution.