DJ guilty of defrauding customers

Published Monday, 09 December 2013
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A Coleraine DJ who charged customers to play at weddings and parties but never turned up - on four occasions using the excuse that his father had just died - has been convicted of fraud.

DJ guilty of defrauding customers
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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withheld in larne in larne wrote (77 days ago):
He done our wedding and we are still waiting for a dvd off the receptions but we have not got at all think this person should be dealt with how many more people has he done it to
jason in Ballymena wrote (78 days ago):
We have used this company twice.on both occasions we hadn't any problems music was spot on and our guests had a ball. I do however know the dj was attacked in may 2012 and was unable to work for a year,backup djs employed by the company then let the company down on many occasions thats why a few clients did not receive their services. Also prior to his attack in 2012 he was trading for 3years with no problems what so ever. A young fella setup his own company self employed for few years with 100s very happy clients.then he was attacked and couldn't work. Come on people he was a victim that ended with a few of his customers being let down and becoming victims themselves . Most companies fail within the first 2year of starting a business. I look forward to using your services again when you have fully recovered. Jason & karen
Gerry in Tyrone wrote (125 days ago):
He let his family down. Something his four fathers wouldn't have done lol
Allen in Lisburn wrote (128 days ago):
I was 1 of his victims ,cancelled on me ,sent me a paypal refund of my deposit which didn't clear after his car accident.this was oct 2013 still allowed to trade all this time from offences in 2012?nearly destroyed my wedding and please any other victims of this man please contact trading standards and let's try and get him locked up for a long time.
withheld in coleraine wrote (129 days ago):
Who can I speak to about this as I was aslo a victim?
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