ROGUE trader Nigel Parish has been found guilty of carrying out electrical work and issuing a false safety certificate.
Parish, of The Drive, Emsworth, was taken to court by West Sussex Trading Standards after he misled a Chichester resident who subsequently had to pay £235 for an independent inspection report and then £1,788 for remedial work by a qualified trader.
Following a trial at Worthing Magistrates’ Court Parish was fined £700 and as well as £2,000 costs after he was found guilty of two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Christine Field, from the council, said: ‘It is vitally important consumers are not misled when buying products and should have confidence when dealing with West Sussex businesses. Prosecutions like these show we will always take action against rogue traders in order to support the legitimate business economy and protect consumers.’