Chesterfield repair man ordered to compensate clients

A domestic appliance repair man who carried out botched repairs and billed customers when he’d done no work has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard Dominic Spooner, aged 42, who traded as D Spooner Electrical Services, carried out an unsatisfactory repair on a tumble dryer which was left in an unsafe condition with live parts easily accessible - and billed a customer for a replacement tumble dryer motor which wasn’t replaced.

He also repaired gas appliances when he was not registered.

The court heard in another case Spooner took payment for a repair and took the appliance away but failed to return it or provide a refund.

He also failed to give customers written notice of their right to cancel their contracts with him within seven days.

The court heard he first came to the attention of trading standards officers in late 2011 when they found his business was attracting a disproportionate amount of complaints for its size.

Despite being given significant advice and warnings, and providing written assurances that he would trade fairly, complaints continued to come in to trading standards.

Spooner, of May Avenue, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced at Derby Crown Court.

He was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and compensate his victims, in the prosecution brought by Derbyshire County Council trading standards.

He was also told to pay £995 to the customers he left out of pocket.

Passing sentence, the judge told Spooner that any repetition of his actions would result in an immediate prison sentence.