19 February 2018

Stephen Donnelly, instructed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (Trading Standards), successfully concluded a 5 week trial at Reading Crown Court. The defendant, Stuart Rasala, was charged with 5 cases of fraud by false representation.

The case concerned a number of allegations of fraud which were committed against the backdrop of contracts for domestic building work at five properties, each of which was the home of the victim in each case. The contracts were valued at almost £500,000 and the defendant was paid £450,000 by the victims; having received the majority of money, the defendant then left each site, with properties being abandoned in various states of disrepair – some of them in a dangerous condition.

Steve Johnson, Enforcement Principal at RBWM said: “The trial lasted 5 weeks, the longest in the history of RBWM’s Trading Standards team, and almost unprecedented for a trading standards prosecution nationally. It was certainly the most complex that any of the team here have dealt with and today Rasala was found guilty of all 5 offences, the jury’s verdict being unanimous in relation to each offence.” Rasala will be sentenced on 2nd March 2018.

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