Rogue plumber jailed for three years
Dean Mulholland Blues endangered lives by running illegal gas work in homes in the Northeast.
The Newcastle Crown Court heard that from September 2016 to December 2017 the defendant advertised his ‘services’ on various social media sites with fake names, multiple telephone numbers and at least three bank accounts to evade detection.
His deceit and poor workmanship put the householders at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, suffocation, fire and explosion.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) showed that the defendant was never registered with Gas Safe Register, nor was he authorized to carry out gas work.
Dean Mulholland Blues of Annand Way, Newton Aycliffe pleaded guilty to 24 violations of the 1998 Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and disqualified as a company director for 12 years.
HSE inspector Jonathan Wills said after the hearing: “Anyone working on gas appliances in domestic buildings must be a Gas Safe registered engineer and competent in that field 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 doubt, contact the Gas Safe Register or check their website to see if the technician is registered. “
He added, “If anyone has had gas work done 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.”