A ROGUE electrician who conned people out of cash has been hauled before a judge and accused of breaking the rules of his sentence.
Peter Gold was given an indefinite anti-social behaviour order preventing him from practising as an electrician after tricking 16 people.
As part of his sentencing earlier this month, Gold, of Bursledon Road, Purbrook, was ordered not to leave his home between 7pm and 7am for six months.
The 65-year-old was to be fitted with an electronic tag so the authorities could make sure he abided by the rules of his curfew.
But when officials from security company G4 visited his home to fit him with the tag, he failed to answer the door.
Gold, who also uses the name Robert Pegley, was ordered to appear again at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘Do you accept that you did not allow the person from G4 to come into the house?’
Gold replied: ‘Due to ill health, I was in bed.’
Judge Pearson held up a letter given to him on behalf of Gold and said to him: ‘You said in that piece of paper, they should make proper appointments so people know when they are coming.
‘That’s not the case, it’s the responsibility of the convicted criminal to comply with the orders of the court. It’s no good saying you won’t open the door if you are asleep,’
Gold said all that was needed was the security company to make an appointment with him.
But Judge Pearson replied: ‘That’s not all that’s needed. You need to comply.
‘If the breach is proven, it’s highly likely that you will go to prison.
‘I accept that you are ill, but not as ill as you claim. I think you are a liar and a rogue.
‘You seem to feel that you are immune from the court process, but you are not.’
Gold was remanded in custody until his solicitor could be contacted to represent him.
Shortly after the hearing yesterday Gold was taken by ambulance to hospital complaining of chest pains.
As previously reported in The News, Gold was convicted after telling his victims their electricals were beyond repair and then charging hidden call-out fees.
Gold, who has no qualifications as an electrician, advertised his services offering special deals for pensioners.
Often the items he ‘tested’ could have been easily fixed by a qualified electrician. He conned 16 people out of £475 between 2008 and 2010.
In March 2005, he was given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to three counts of giving a false trade description.
On that occasion he told a woman in Emsworth her fridge was broken when it was just switched off.