November 17, 2021

Builder handed suspended sentence after attempt to con homeowner

A builder who tried to scam a homeowner out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 10 months, suspended for 18 months following a hearing at Manchester Crown Court

Officers working for Manchester City Council’s trading standards team discovered that in October 2018 a homeowner in Crumpsall had contacted Didsbury Plumbing and Heating Ltd for a quote to repair some damp.

While this initial quote was for just £8,000, as work began, the company and its director, Malachy Joyce persuaded the homeowner to pay for additional, and potentially unnecessary home improvements.

This included the installation of new central heating,…

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