Cowboy builder whose job was so bad he made wife’s house uninhabitable is jailed

Council Dudley

In a case brought against him by Dudley Council Trading Standards, Gary Davies of Cannon Drive, Bilston, who traded as G Davies and Son, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 9.

He pleaded guilty to carrying out construction work that breached professional care and failing to grant the consumer a right of withdrawal.

In May 2018, the housekeeper contacted Davies after falling victim to a rogue tradesman, who carried out shoddy building work at her home in Dudley.

Davies said he would question the work done by the former trader saying, “Don’t worry, it won’t be a pain, just on your bank account.”

Over the next nine months, Davies carried out extensive refurbishment work at the address, charging him £19,760 in the process.

Despite Davies’ assurances, the quality of the work done by him was so poor that the client’s house was left in an uninhabitable condition and she was forced to live with her children while her work was corrected by other craftsmen. .

The court also heard that Davies failed to give the consumer their statutory cancellation rights when they were required to.

Davies appeared for sentencing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 29.

Councilor Ian Bevan, Dudley Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “This is a shocking case, which has seen a vulnerable resident twice targeted by shoddy builders.

“Mr Davies caused his victim a great deal of distress and upheaval, and I am delighted the judge chose a custodial sentence.

“Again, this sends a clear warning to any rogue trader that we will investigate and will not hesitate to bring them to justice.”

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