A ROGUE trader who carried out poor work to a Brierley Hill home and deceived a Dudley borough resident has been ordered to pay a court bill of around £10,000.

Dudley Council’s trading standards brought the case against Tahir Ahmed, of Crawford Street, Birmingham, trading as Rock Builders for work undertaken in 2019.

He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay around £10,000 when  sentenced at Walsall Magistrates' Court on June 14.

Mr Ahmed was appointed by a Dudley borough resident to build a single-story extension, costed at £25,000.

Ahmed was told to build the extension off foundations previously constructed, which had been passed by Dudley Council’s building control, but he used a newly-dug foundation that he built himself.

The 44-year-old then lied to the homeowner, claiming that new foundations and a wall had been passed by building control when they had not, and demanded a £6,000 payment for the work.

The homeowner later found out the work carried did not to comply with regulations and had not been passed by building control.

Sadly, the resident had previously been a victim of another rogue builder for the same work.

Councillor Ian Bevan, Dudley's cabinet member for public health, said he was pleased with the verdict and he added: "We have once again proven we will not hesitate to act against rogue traders who fail to meet their obligations.

"This is an upsetting case that has had a huge impact on an honest and trusting borough resident.

"Dudley Council’s trading standards continues to stand against rogue traders, and we would encourage anyone with serious concerns about work done to their home to get in touch as we are here to help."

Mr Ahmed admitted one charge of contravening Professional Diligence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

He was fined £1,400 and ordered to pay £6,000 in compensation to the resident, plus £2,500 to Dudley Council for its costs plus a £127 victim surcharge.