ROOF COMPANY BOSS FOUND GUILTY OVER "PATCHWORK QUILT" ROOF ON WOMEN'S HOME

A man who runs a Wednesbury roof company which charged £11,500 for a “patchwork quilt” roof by using inappropriate tiles has been found guilty of three charges at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Christopher Wood from RSM Roofline was found guilty of perverting the course of public justice and a further two offences of making false representations under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

The court was told that Mr Wood had taken £11,500 from two women, now aged 91 and 65, who had contracted Mr Wood to have a new clay tiled roof.

Mr Wood found he was 600 tiles short and decided to finish the job with 600 concrete tiles.

The standard of work was poor and in some parts unfinished and the roof was described as a "patchwork quilt". During a 10 day trial, the court was also told that the customers were left out of pocket and without resources to employ someone else to correct the work. Councillor Farut Shaeen, cabinet member responsible for Trading Standards, said: “I welcome this result as it shows traders cannot get away with taking money from consumers and not carrying out the work properly. "This is a warning to those who commit such crimes, that they will not go unpunished or be tolerated in Sandwell." Mr Wood will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 27.

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