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Former double glazing firm boss disqualified for nine years

A Co Down man who sold double glazing has been barred from acting as a director for nine years.

Discount Window Systems went into liquidation nearly three years ago owing nearly £900,000. Sister company Windows Direct (NI) went under the same month owing over £50,000.

Kieran Mark Beattie (44) of Church Road in Helen's Bay gave a disqualification undertaking to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

He owned up to unfit conduct including breaching his duty of care by not keeping a deposit from a customer of Discount Window Systems separate and by not paying over £173,000 in National Insurance, VAT and PAYE due to the Crown from the company.

Mr Beattie also did not pay dividends as required under the firm's own rules and in breach of the Companies (NI) Order 1986.

He also failed to file annual returns for the company in 1995, 2000, and from 2004 to 2006.

In his capacity as a director of Windows Direct, he admitted to failing to file annual returns for 2006 and 2007.

Mr Beattie's nine-year disqualification is above the middle of the scale for the High Court sanction.

In February, Paul Hurson and Peadar Hurson were disqualified for 12 years - the top bracket of disqualification.

Paul Hurson (46) of Strathmullan, Dungannon and Peadar Hurson (49) of Bridge Road, Burren, Warrenpoint were directors of Reflex Mouldings Limited.

The maximum period of disqualification is 15 years.