COW­BOY BOSS TOOK FAM­ILY’S £30,000 AND LEFT Vic­tims tell of re­lief af­ter smooth-talk­ing rogue builder is jailed

Sunday Sun - - News - By Ian Rob­son Re­porter ian.rob­son@trin­i­tymir­

A VIC­TIM of a rogue trader jailed for mak­ing false prom­ises has spo­ken of her re­lief that the ordeal is over.

Paula Cryan wel­comed the news that cow­boy builder Jonathan Ross Bell has been locked up af­ter he was found guilty at a court hear­ing.

Bell was jailed for 18 months af­ter he pleaded guilty to five of­fences of en­gag­ing in an un­fair com­mer­cial prac­tice, in breach of the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion from Un­fair Trad­ing Reg­u­la­tions.

The fa­ther of two was branded a liar by the recorder.

North Ty­ne­side Coun­cil, who pros­e­cuted him, said they had re­ceived 70 com­plaints about his busi­nesses.

Now the 45-year-old, of Ken­dal Av­enue, Culler­coats, North Ty­ne­side, has been de­prived of his free­dom.

Paula had con­tracted one of his com­pa­nies, Vik­ing Build­ing Ser­vices, to carry out an ex­ten­sion on the fam­ily home in Dudley, North Ty­ne­side, but the work was not com­pleted.

It was left to an army of vol­un­teers to fin­ish the work for her dis­abled son Taylor.

Paula re­called Bell as a smooth talker who had filled her with con­fi­dence when she paid £30,000 cash up­front.

But she saw a dif­fer­ent side to the for­mer Army man when work slowed down and even­tu­ally stopped.

She said: “His im­pris­on­ment puts an end to it now.

“I was sur­prised he was put in prison be­cause I thought he would get away with a sus­pended sen­tence.

“But I am pleased the judge saw through him.

“At the be­gin­ning he seemed a lovely bloke, dead car­ing, but it did not last.

“He was quite ar­ro­gant when it be­came clear that the work was not go­ing to be fin­ished.

“I did not go to court be­cause I did not want to get emo­tional.”

The Sun­day Sun told Paula’s story last year when we re­ported how she had been let down by Bell.

We re­vealed how the plumb­ing and electrics were not done leav­ing the house like a build­ing site.

Taylor, then 11, has com­plex mo­bil­ity is­sues.

Paula and her hus­band Michael re­mort­gaged their home to pay for the ex­ten­sion.

Paula said: “Taylor has been di­ag­nosed with a rare ge­netic dis­or­der or a SWAN syn­drome (Syn­drome With­out A Name).

“Taylor is de­vel­op­men­tally de­layed, kicks out, and head bangs a lot.

“He is un­able to talk, suf­fers a lot from anx­i­ety, and he is also un­able to walk a long dis­tance.”

Af­ter read­ing our story an army of vol­un­teers of­fered to fin­ish the job at no cost at the Cryan fam­ily.

At the time, Bell claimed the job had over-ran and he was go­ing to go to Paula with a propo­si­tion once he had been able to fund the job.

In court it was claimed he had been let down by sup­pli­ers.

But Recorder Tony Hawks told him: “You were, in my judge­ment, tak­ing money from mem­bers of the pub­lic and promis­ing to carry out work for them when you knew, or must have known, there was no re­al­is­tic prospect

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