A rogue gardener has been jailed after a string of “bad and incomplete” jobs across the Black Country.
Kevin Baggott of Newbury Lane, Oldbury faces 48 weeks behind bars after pleading guilty to a number of offenses under the Consumer Protection Against Unfair Trade Regulations 2008.
Dudley’s council called the cowboy trader ‘appalling’ after a Dudley resident paid £ 6,100 upfront for landscaping work that remained unfinished.
Wolverhampton Crown Court has learned that work was due to start in April 2018, but Baggot did not show up on the agreed date. He then performed “poor quality” work and the victim did not receive the materials for the job.
During the Dudley Trading Standards investigation, it was subsequently revealed that three similar complaints had been reported.
All the victims of the rogue traders ended up with shoddy and incomplete jobs and had to pay other traders substantial sums to fix the defects and finish the job.
The case was taken to court by the Dudley Council Business Standards following the investigation. Baggot was sentenced to 48 weeks in prison on May 19.
During the hearing, Judge Sarah Campbell said she had no doubts that the plaintiffs wished they had never met him, that he was dishonest, that he did not do the job or that when the job was performed, it was of poor quality, appalling and sometimes dangerous. He had not provided any materials or had removed them from the site.
Adviser Nicolas Barlow, a member of the cabinet responsible for Dudley Trading Standards, said: “Baggot clearly believed he could get away with taking people’s money without doing the job fully or at a decent level without worrying about the impact on its customers.
“He’s a rogue trader through and through and I’m glad our Trade Standards Officers were able to investigate and take this matter to court.
“Let this be a warning to other dishonest traders, we take these issues seriously and will pursue them to obtain justice for our residents.”