Glazier paid thousands to replace church windows never carried out the work
A glazier whose good-standing in the community helped him secure work to replace windows at a church has been sentenced for theft and fraud.
Nathanial Hugh Boyd (53), of Rusky Park in Aghadowey, was given a two-year conditional discharge at Coleraine Magistrate's Court. He had failed to fit windows worth thousands of pounds at the Church of Christ in Coleraine's Artillery Road.
A defence barrister said Boyd was not a cowboy builder but had fallen into financial difficulties.
A reference was handed into the court on behalf of Boyd from Rev John Anderson, the rector of Billy & Derrykeighan Church of Ireland parish near Bushmills, which spoke of the defendant in "very positive terms".
Defence barrister Alan Stewart said Boyd had a good standing in local churches generally and that led to him getting the job.
The charges stated that on January 13, 2014, Boyd dishonestly made a false representation that he would fit and supply windows at the Church of Christ, upon receipt of a deposit of £1,700 but the work was never carried out.
He also dishonestly made a false representation later in 2014 that he would obtain materials to fit and supply church windows upon payment of £2,000 but the materials were never obtained. Boyd also pleaded guilty to a third charge that he had stolen £3,700 in cash from the Church of Christ.
Prosecutor George Chesney said Boyd was a builder/glazier and the Church of Christ asked him to carry out work to replace windows, but despite paying a £1,700 deposit the work did not commence.
Boyd asked the church for more money for materials but the work still did not start and despite the defendant promising to pay the money on many occasions it was not forthcoming and after a year a complaint was made to police.
Alan Stewart said all the money has since been repaid and said when the case is first viewed you have to ask if Boyd was involved in such activity on a regular basis and if he was a "fraudster" but he said he was not and the case had arisen because he had "fallen on hard times".
The court heard Boyd had a police caution in relation to another £300 job but that was paid and he was not prosecuted.