A plumber who breached a prohibition notice and gas safety regulations by carrying out work at the home of a pensioner is facing a possible prison sentence.
Brian Lloyd removed and fitted a boiler at a property in Ossett, West Yorkshire, despite the fact he was banned from carrying out gas work at the time, and wasn't accredited by the Gas Safety Register.
According to a report by the Wakefield Express, the 59-year-old, of Dewsbury Road, Ossett, was also part-way through a 17-week suspended jail sentence imposed for charges connected with unsafe work which he carried out in 2009.
The boiler and an electric fire, which was installed at the same time, both failed the day after they were fitted.
Susanna Proctor, defending, told the court that Lloyd had cut a redundant gas pipe and moved the redundant boiler. She said he mistakenly believed he wasn’t carrying out gas work and had met legal requirements by sub-contracting out work to a registered gas fitter.
District Judge Marie Mallon told Lloyd the matter crossed "way into the custody threshold". He is due be sentenced at the Crown Court next month.
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