Jail term for Blacon ex-roofing firm boss is “fitting punishment”

A jail sentence was an “appropriate” sentence for a former roofer company boss who billed tens of thousands of pounds to a Flintshire woman for substandard work, a senior city councilor said.

He had admitted numerous administrative offenses related to a roofing job that he took on in 2019 for a Holywell resident named Julie Hughes.

First, Whelan, who was the director of RPW Roofing Services Limited at the time, quoted the complainant £ 14,000 for re-roofing her bungalow and an additional £ 3,500 for roofing an annex that was supposed to be built by someone else.

As the work progressed, he told her on numerous occasions that he had incurred additional costs and that various other things needed to be completed or installed on the property – which drove up the price.

Between August and November 2019, the complainant handed him over £ 40,000 in bank transfers and cash.

Councilor Chris Bithell, Flintshire Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, said:

“The admission of guilt and the sentence imposed this time fit into such a terrible case that not only cost so much of the lady’s savings, but also has traumatic effects on her.

“This case shows how the Flintshire Community and Business Protection Service is willing and able to take the necessary steps to bring such scammers to justice and to ensure that they are punished and, hopefully, unable to help others exploiting vulnerable members of the Flintshire community. “The service is continuing to investigate allegations made by rogue dealers working in the county.”

Speaking to Whelan at the verdict hearing, Judge David Hale said, “You went to this job and used it as a cash cow.

“You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”

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