Community order and fine for dodgy plumber

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A CITY plumber has been given a three year community order after illegally installing a gas boiler.

Christopher Johnson, 45, from Milton Keynes, installed the boiler at a Dunstable property in April 2010.

He was called back in October that year about a banging sound coming from the appliance. Johnson said the boiler needed a new part and left it with its casing off but still connected to the gas supply.

The boiler manufacturer classified it as ‘immediately dangerous’ and an engineer from Gas Safe found the boiler and flue were not compatible and the boiler casing had not been replaced. Both defects could have resulted in potentially lethal carbon monoxide escaping.

He pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court and was also ordered to pay £475 costs.