Lying DJ Michael Stockman guilty of ripping off customers
A DJ who cancelled bookings on the morning of weddings by falsely claiming his father had died has been convicted of theft.
Coleraine rogue trader Michael Stockman (30) took £800 from six customers before their weddings or parties. In all cases he failed to turn up – often texting his unwitting victims at short notice.
A statement from Trading Standards authorities said: "He promised to deliver a service and failed to do this."
His excuse for cancelling on four different occasions between the start of August 2012 and the end of September that year was that his father had died the previous day or morning.
Stockman continued to make bookings and take payments. He did not refund any of the money, Trading Standards said.
The Knockantern Green-based businessman was found guilty at Coleraine Magistrates of nine theft offences. He'll be sentenced in July. The case was brought before a magistrate in December.
The defendant was convicted in his absence of the same nine theft offences, but the conviction was set aside and the case reheard.