Trader was not at court case

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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The mother of a man accused of being a cowboy builder at St Annes appeared at court to explain why her son could not attend the hearing.

Jonathan Owen’s mother told a judge he was suffering mental health problems and was not fit to come to court. Owen, 45, trading as Whitegate Property Care, St Albans Road, Blackpool, faces three offences of breaching trading standards rules. He is alleged to have engaged in an unfair commercial practice by giving a receipt to a householder in Kingsmere Avenue, St Annes, which contained details which were untrue.

He is also said to have omitted information when making a contract for repairs and failed to state his name and address legibly on the receipt for work at the same property.

Owen’s case was adjourned to April 22 by District Judge David Purcell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.