Saturday, August 13, 2022

Gainsborough roofer fined over £10,000 but avoids jail despite gambling away customers’ cash

Leon David Mann of Pilgrims Way, Gainsborough, was handed a 16-month suspended sentence and fined at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday 20 May 2022.

Mr Mann pled guilty to 12 offences under the Fraud Act 2006, following a nine-month investigation by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Trading Standards received complaints about Mr Mann and his company, Gainsborough Roofing, taking 50 per cent deposits of between £500 to £2,750 upfront, and then no work being carried out.

Mr Mann claimed the deposits were to purchase materials and to secure start dates. But the Trading Standard’s investigation revealed that as soon as deposits were paid into Mr Mann’s bank account, he used the money on online gambling sites.

When the victims tried to contact Mr Mann after he failed to turn up to carry out the work they had paid for, they were given various excuses including personal illness, family illness, adverse weather, vehicle problems and Covid. Some victims said they found Mr Mann charming when they first met him, but he became aggressive and intimidating when they had to start chasing him.

In one case, Mann took over £2,000 from a family to repair a leaking roof. He subsequently failed to carry out any of this work. At the time, one of the occupants of the property was going through cancer treatment.

Over an eight-week period through the height of winter, the family contacted Mr Mann and agreed new start dates, which were then missed, causing more stress to the family.

Eventually, after being promised they were ‘next on the list’, Mr Mann agreed to refund the deposit. This was never refunded, and the family instead had to find extra money to pay another tradesman to do the necessary work.

Another victim of Mann was going through radiotherapy at the time they paid £2,750 as a 50% deposit for repairs to their roof.

Mann arrange a number of different start dates before eventually promising to refund the couple. Again he failed to refund a penny of the deposit they paid.

Leon Mann plead guilty to 12 offences under the Fraud Act 2006 at Lincoln Magistrates Court.

Due to the number of victims, period of Mann’s offending, and the impact on the victims, the case was referred to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing.

On 20 May 2022, Mr Mann was handed a 16 month custodial sentence, suspended for two years; ordered to pay compensation totalling £9,410 within six months, and; ordered to pay £2,500 to the prosecution within 12 months.

Tara Carter, Senior Trading Standards Officer at Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said:

“The vast majority of Lincolnshire’s builders complete their work on time and to their customers’ satisfaction.

“When this is not the case and traders take money for inadequate work, or simply don’t do the work at all, then Lincolnshire Trading Standards team are here to protect residents from rogue trader activities.

“At the time of the offences, starting from December 2019 up to May 2021, Mr Leon Mann was trading as Gainsborough Roofing. And, since December 2020, he was aware he was being investigated but still continued taking victims money with either no intention of doing any work, or doing work to shoddy standards.

“I’m pleased that the judge has recognised the severity of Mr Mann’s crimes and the impact he’s had on his victims, and most of them will be getting their money back.”

 

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Advertisment








Latest posts

Best Kept Village winners revealed for 2022

Beautiful Ropsley and Welby have taken top honours in this year's South Kesteven District Council Best Kept Village competition. Allington was judged second in the...

Help a young person – become a supported lodgings host

Could you help shape and support the life of a young person? If so, North Lincolnshire Council need you and your skills to help...

£8m Levelling Up boost for Grimsby to repair vital bridges and boost local industry

Vital bridges connecting Grimsby and Immingham will be repaired to boost the local key industries and tourism, prevent road closures and secure future jobs...

Western School site housing development moves a step closer for Grimsby

An opportunity to create the housing development on the former Western School site has been released to tender this week. The 22.9 acre brownfield site...

Well known Brigg Hotel sold to local business

The Exchange Coach House Inn and Tavern in Central Brigg has been acquired by the Hunt Group. The historic Exchange Coach House Inn along with...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close