A rogue trader has been slapped with a suspended sentence and ordered to pay £9,000 following a Trading Standards fraud investigation.

Michael Wood, 30, formerly of Empress Road, Wallasey appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

Magistrates found him guilty of two fraud offences and he pleaded guilty to a further fraud offence plus three offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay £9,000 in compensation to his victim.

Trading under the name ‘Roofing and Property Maintenance Limited’, Mr Wood quoted £3,500 for roofing work which was subsequently valued as worthless and failed to disclose the value of tiles that he removed from the existing roof, worth approximately £1,000.

He also admitted failing to provide a consumer with notice of their right to cancel a contract and falsely stating his work carried a twelve month guarantee.

Around £6,000 worth of damage was caused to the property, including leaks in bedrooms of the home.

District Judge Shaw said Mr Wood had done a ‘terrible job that had been completed with little regard for the law.’

Adding that Mr Wood quoted for ‘shocking’ work and had requested full payment before the job was completed while threatening to remove workers from the job unless payment was made in full.