Published Monday, 09 December 2013
Stockman took £800 from customers without providing a service. (© UTV)
Michael Stockman, trading as North West Discos, was found guilty of a total of nine offences for failing to provide a service to customers for money he received.
He was investigated by Trading Standards Service following six consumer complaints.
In each of the cases Stockman had been paid money to DJ at weddings, parties or charity events, but failed to provide a service or refund the cash he had received.
He claimed a total of £800 between January and September 2012.
In a number of the cases Stockman texted the complainants on the morning of their wedding and cancelled the booking.
Coleraine Magistrates' Court also heard that on four occasions, between the start of August 2012 and the end of September 2012, the DJ used the excuse that his father had died the previous day or morning for cancelling his appearance.
During this period Stockman continued to make bookings and take payments from his victims, and did not refund any of the money owed to the consumers.
He was found guilty under the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 last Friday.
Michelle Craig of the Trading Standards Service said: "These cases show that Michael Stockman is a rogue trader who has taken £800 in cash from his victims.
"In addition, cancelling a booking on the morning of a wedding would cause immense stress, on what should be a happy occasion for the families concerned.
"He promised to deliver a service and failed to do this. Any consumers considering engaging the services of a trader should always try to get a personal recommendation and only pay the minimum amount possible before the service is delivered."
The case has now been adjourned for sentencing at a later date.
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