Dean Mulholland Blues an unregistered gas engineer who has been carrying out illegal gas work at several properties in the northeast, putting lives at risk has now been sentenced.
Sentencing for Unregistered Gas Engineer
Newcastle Crown Court, heard that, the defendant advertised his ‘services’ on various social media sites using false names, several telephone numbers and at least three bank accounts to try evade detection. This was throughout September 2016 to December 2017 the court heard. He put lives at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, asphyxiation, fire and explosion due to his illegal gas work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the defendant had never been registered with the Gas Safe Register, nor was he even competent to carry out gas work.
Dean Mulholland Blues of Annand Way, Newton Aycliffe pleaded guilty to 24 breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He has been disqualified from being a company director for 12 years and sentenced to 3-year custodial sentence.
HSE Inspector Jonathan Wills after the hearing said: “Anyone employed to work on gas appliances in domestic premises must be a Gas Safe registered engineer and competent in that are of gas work. The gas engineer’s competencies are clearly marked on the back of the engineer’s Gas safe Register ID card. If in any doubt you can contact the Gas Safe Register or check their website to see if the engineer is registered.”
He added: “If anyone has had any gas work carried out by Mr Blues, I urge them to ensure that the work is now checked by a registered Gas Safe Register engineer as soon as possible.”