Larne painter facing fraud charges has case further adjourned

Larne painter facing fraud charges has case further adjourned

A LARNE painter facing 32 charges including 'engaging in aggressive commercial practice'; 'engaging in misleading commercial practice' and fraud by false representation has had his case at Ballymena Magistrates Court further adjourned to December 2.

Stephen Stewart (47), with addresses listed on charge sheets as Blackthorn Rise and Bank Road, had his case mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The charges relate to dates from December in 2019 to July this year - including July 12.

The charges show some of the areas where incidents allegedly happened included Cedar Hill, Newtownabbey; Cloughwater Road, Ballymena; Farm Lodge Green, Greenisland; Clare Heights, Ballyclare and Copperwood Road and Avenue in Carrickfergus.

One of the charges is that Stewart engaged in a 'commercial practice which was aggressive in contravention of Regulation 7(1) of the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in that you placed undue influence on' a man 'by ignoring Covid restrictions and entering his personal space causing him distress so as to significantly impair or be likely to significantly impair the average consumer's freedom of choice or conduct in relation to the product concerned through the use of harassment, coercion or undue influence, and in so doing you caused or were likely to cause the average consumer to take a transactional decision he would not have otherwise taken'.

A prosecutor said the cases involve "a significant amount" of evidence.

She said there were "some items outstanding" in relation to the case file.

Defence solicitor David Nagra said in four weeks time he intends to fix a date for a bail application.

The defendant has been further remanded in custody.