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Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
13 June 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$55,000

Safety lessons learned:

Always use an appropriately qualified person to do gas and electrical work on any property. All landlords, including property managers, have a duty to ensure the safety of gas and electrical installations, appliances and fittings in properties they lease.

Defendant name:
Blackham Boote Real Estate Ltd (Trading as Harcourts Timaru)
 
Industry:
Rental, hiring and real estate
 
Date of offence:
13 June 2014
 
Facts in brief:
Negligently permitted gasfitting to be done where the gasfitting was done in a manner that is dangerous to life. The person employed to carry out the gasfitting was not authorised to do so under the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlyers Act.
 
 
Offence section:
Ss 9(1) and 125(2)(a) Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006.
Regulation 53 (Safety and Measurement) Regulations 2010 and
s56B(2) Gas Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Timaru - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$55,000
 
Maximum fine available:
$25,000 for S9(1) Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers charge and $250,000 for S125(2)(a) charge. Two years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $500,000 for Gas Act charge
 
Reparation:
$12,500