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Suspended Sentences and compensation Order for Non Gas Safe Self-employed Gas Engineer

2 September 2016

Peter Read, Stubbington Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, has received two suspended prison sentences, for not being Gas Safe Registered and for making out he was Gas Safe Registered when he was not. Mr Read’s offences came to light when his work was checked by a registered Gas Safe engineer who found his work immediately dangerous requiring the gas supply to be cut off.

The case was brought by Michael Baxter HM Inspector of Health and Safety from the Health and Safety Executive and was heard at Portsmouth Crown Court on 02/09/2016.

Peter Read pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and was given 10 months suspended sentence for each offence to run concurrently. He was also handed a compensation order of £360 to cover the homeowner bills and a £60.00 victim surcharge.

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