Cautions for men regarding incident involving £450 to power hose elderly man's driveway

Cautions for men regarding incident involving £450 to power hose elderly man's driveway

TWO men have had a charge they each faced withdrawn for a caution in relation to a 'consumer contracts' matter relating to power hosing an elderly man's driveway for £450.

John Quilligan (21), and Patrick Quilligan (19), both with addresses listed as Shorthill Caravan Park, Crossway Green, Birmingham, were charged in relation to August 13 this year.

The case was mentioned at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

Each man had been charged with 'being a trader who entered into an off-premises contract to which regulation 10 of The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 applies, failed to give the consumer... the information listed in paragraph 3 of schedule 2 of the said regulations contrary to Regulation 19(1) of The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013'.

A defence lawyer told an earlier court hearing the men were "power hosing a drive and a price of £450 was agreed upon. There was no issue with the price. After that the gentleman whose driveway had been power hosed had then requested a receipt and a receipt was not able to be provided there and then at the scene."

Both men have now attended court in Ballymena on November 2 which heard the charge they each faced was being withdrawn for a caution "provided restitution has been made".

A prosecutor said the background was that £450 "was paid by the victim, an elderly man".

She added: "The defendants attended his house and offered to power hose his driveway at a cost of £450".

She said police were then called and when the men were arrested. £450 was was seized from them.

A defence lawyer said the defendants had no objection to the money being returned to the man.