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LANDORD JAILED FOR 16 MONTHS

Gas risk and perverting course of justice ends in jail sentence

A Cambridgeshire landlord has been jailed for 16 months after admitting perverting the course of justice and four separate charges of breaking gas safety law.

The landlord instructed his counsel to present a ‘Landlord Gas Safety Record’ as part of his mitigation but investigations by HSE revealed the document to be false. He had obtained a bogus, back-dated certificate from a local gas engineer.

HSE inspectors visited the property in 2007 and discovered ten gas appliance defects. Three of these defects were classified as “immediately dangerous” and three were classified as “at risk”. The defects included two gas leaks and a very poorly maintained open-flued gas fire in a room where a young couple and a baby slept.

HSE Inspector Stephen Manley said:“Anyone responsible for letting a property must ensure gas appliances are maintained and annually tested to ensure that they are in a safe condition and working effectively. Gas appliances which have not been properly maintained and are unsafe as a result are likely to produce carbon monoxide, which can kill quickly without warning. Around 20 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a lack of effective maintenance of gas appliances”

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