Sussex cowboy builder pursued by Dominic Littlewood

Sussex cowboy builder pursued by Dominic Littlewood

Sussex cowboy builder pursued by Dominic Littlewood

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A cowboy builder was spared jail yesterday – but could not escape the media spotlight.

David Goymer, got a helping hand from television’s Dominic Littlewood as he left Lewes Crown Court yesterday, after he admitted failing to tell his customers he was a bankrupt.

Goymer, of Richmond Road, Pevensey, Eastbourne, was featured on Channel Five’s Cowboy Builders programme after customers complained he took money for work he failed to carry out or complete.

He walked with a frame and needed help getting into his car when he appeared at court yesterday.

The 64-year-old admitted four counts of accepting payments without disclosing he was an undischarged bankrupt.

He was made bankrupt in 1984, 1993, 2000 and 2001.

In 2008 he was placed under a ten-year bankruptcy restriction order.

Between January 2003 and September 2007 he accepted cash and cheques from four customers, for sums ranging between £1,000 and £23,000.

The cheques were made payable to his wife’s hairdressing business.

Goymer had originally denied the charges before pleading guilty yesterday.

The prosecution was brought by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A spokesman said that in addition to failing to disclose that he was an undischarged bankrupt, he also either failed to carry out or complete work he had accepted payment for.

His one-year sentence was suspended for two years, with a condition that he lives at Richmond Road for at least the next six months.

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3:30pm Tue 18 Jan 11

Katsmith says...

Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused*
Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused* Katsmith
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3:53pm Tue 18 Jan 11

WivvyDave says...

Katsmith wrote:
Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused*
Must be, as the camera never lies
[quote][p][bold]Katsmith[/bold] wrote: Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused*[/p][/quote]Must be, as the camera never lies WivvyDave
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4:18pm Tue 18 Jan 11

Jo Wadsworth says...

WivvyDave wrote:
Katsmith wrote:
Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused*
Must be, as the camera never lies
Good point - I've now put a more appropriate picture, which includes David Goymer (he's the man in the hat with the white beard).
[quote][p][bold]WivvyDave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katsmith[/bold] wrote: Is Goymer also a Barrister? *confused*[/p][/quote]Must be, as the camera never lies[/p][/quote]Good point - I've now put a more appropriate picture, which includes David Goymer (he's the man in the hat with the white beard). Jo Wadsworth
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4:52pm Tue 18 Jan 11

tpebop... says...

I think maybe LewIs
I think maybe LewIs tpebop...
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5:41pm Tue 18 Jan 11

bosshog says...

so what happens to the people who lost money,hopefully he will have a siezure notice posted against his house.
so what happens to the people who lost money,hopefully he will have a siezure notice posted against his house. bosshog
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5:44pm Tue 18 Jan 11

chipmunk77 says...

What a great sentence, one yr suspended for 2 yrs, on condition he lives at his own house for 6 months!

That's not a sentence!
Let's hope he has to pay the money back too. Scumbag.
What a great sentence, one yr suspended for 2 yrs, on condition he lives at his own house for 6 months! That's not a sentence! Let's hope he has to pay the money back too. Scumbag. chipmunk77
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6:32pm Tue 18 Jan 11

TheInsider says...

bosshog, you will probably find that the house and any personal assets are in his wife's name so cannot be seized.
The law has to be changed as these repeat offenders always escape having to pay back what they have stolen, despite the money clearly being used to find their lifestyle.
bosshog, you will probably find that the house and any personal assets are in his wife's name so cannot be seized. The law has to be changed as these repeat offenders always escape having to pay back what they have stolen, despite the money clearly being used to find their lifestyle. TheInsider
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9:06pm Tue 18 Jan 11

disgruntledHove says...

Yes, and there are a few very cheeky builders in Brighton Hove area too. Was there ever such a lucrative way to make easy money?? (apologies to the few good ones out there) During the past 2yrs l have met enough of them and thanks to the likes of Dominic and his good advice on TV..l have not lost any money..just precious time.
Yes, and there are a few very cheeky builders in Brighton Hove area too. Was there ever such a lucrative way to make easy money?? (apologies to the few good ones out there) During the past 2yrs l have met enough of them and thanks to the likes of Dominic and his good advice on TV..l have not lost any money..just precious time. disgruntledHove
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9:34pm Tue 18 Jan 11

another village idiot says...

bosshog wrote:
so what happens to the people who lost money,hopefully he will have a siezure notice posted against his house.
bosshog - I'm sorry but your written English does not meet the required standard. We start a sentence with a capital letter, put a space after punctuation, and it's i before e except after c in many cases, but not in seizure. If you could try a bit harder please.
[quote][p][bold]bosshog[/bold] wrote: so what happens to the people who lost money,hopefully he will have a siezure notice posted against his house.[/p][/quote]bosshog - I'm sorry but your written English does not meet the required standard. We start a sentence with a capital letter, put a space after punctuation, and it's i before e except after c in many cases, but not in seizure. If you could try a bit harder please. another village idiot
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11:01pm Tue 18 Jan 11

Dave At Home says...

He was made bankrupt in 1984, 1993, 2000 and 2001. Wonderful that he can get away with it so many times....
He was made bankrupt in 1984, 1993, 2000 and 2001. Wonderful that he can get away with it so many times.... Dave At Home
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5:43am Wed 19 Jan 11

yermumsaman says...

disgruntledHove wrote:
Yes, and there are a few very cheeky builders in Brighton Hove area too. Was there ever such a lucrative way to make easy money?? (apologies to the few good ones out there) During the past 2yrs l have met enough of them and thanks to the likes of Dominic and his good advice on TV..l have not lost any money..just precious time.
There are quite a few rogue builders out there, you should follow some simple rules, two or three quotes, and references. personally when i quote, i take pictures of the problem, i then add these in email to my quote, along with past jobs that replicate the customers problem. They can then see a step by step history of how the job is tackled and resolved, this pictorial history is not only helpful for any guarantee issued, but also useful for when my customers sell the property on. Its so easy to do, and gives everyone, including the builder peace of mind. I along with many other builders are also linked to trade sites, where references can be checked, personally im on "rated people", any potential customer can check past work. Also do not give over large amounts of cash prior to start of work, a deposit for materials would be ok, as long as you get receipts, its your work, so you should pay some money up front, dont expect the builder to initiallly fund your project. good luck. alan.
[quote][p][bold]disgruntledHove[/bold] wrote: Yes, and there are a few very cheeky builders in Brighton Hove area too. Was there ever such a lucrative way to make easy money?? (apologies to the few good ones out there) During the past 2yrs l have met enough of them and thanks to the likes of Dominic and his good advice on TV..l have not lost any money..just precious time.[/p][/quote]There are quite a few rogue builders out there, you should follow some simple rules, two or three quotes, and references. personally when i quote, i take pictures of the problem, i then add these in email to my quote, along with past jobs that replicate the customers problem. They can then see a step by step history of how the job is tackled and resolved, this pictorial history is not only helpful for any guarantee issued, but also useful for when my customers sell the property on. Its so easy to do, and gives everyone, including the builder peace of mind. I along with many other builders are also linked to trade sites, where references can be checked, personally im on "rated people", any potential customer can check past work. Also do not give over large amounts of cash prior to start of work, a deposit for materials would be ok, as long as you get receipts, its your work, so you should pay some money up front, dont expect the builder to initiallly fund your project. good luck. alan. yermumsaman
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6:50am Wed 19 Jan 11

TheInsider says...

Good advice yermumsaman.
You can also visit the Company House online and apply for the accounts of any limited company.
There is a fee but it's not huge compared to the cost of losing thousands.
Often (for troubled companies) you may find that accounts have not been filed, the company has been dissolved and lots of other useful info such as home addresses of the company owners, the state of the accounts which will also tell you if it's still a viable company.
You can also call trading standards who will be very helpful.
Nowadays, you only have to spend twenty minutes on the net and you can have the personal names, addresses, mobile phone numbers, names of wife, kids etc for any company or individual in the UK.
Then run this info through a search and you will get all sorts of history.
Often you will find that the company has other 'arms' ie property development, property letting and just run these through a search too.
The net has been an incredible tool for the ordinary person and a few hours on the net will save you thousands and also a great deal of misery.
Good advice yermumsaman. You can also visit the Company House online and apply for the accounts of any limited company. There is a fee but it's not huge compared to the cost of losing thousands. Often (for troubled companies) you may find that accounts have not been filed, the company has been dissolved and lots of other useful info such as home addresses of the company owners, the state of the accounts which will also tell you if it's still a viable company. You can also call trading standards who will be very helpful. Nowadays, you only have to spend twenty minutes on the net and you can have the personal names, addresses, mobile phone numbers, names of wife, kids etc for any company or individual in the UK. Then run this info through a search and you will get all sorts of history. Often you will find that the company has other 'arms' ie property development, property letting and just run these through a search too. The net has been an incredible tool for the ordinary person and a few hours on the net will save you thousands and also a great deal of misery. TheInsider
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12:00pm Wed 19 Jan 11

Baldseagull says...

If the cheques were paid to his wifes business why is she not in the dock as well?
The people who have lost money should have some way of getting back from this couple.
S/W- Wife-join !
If the cheques were paid to his wifes business why is she not in the dock as well? The people who have lost money should have some way of getting back from this couple. S/W- Wife-join ! Baldseagull
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7:17pm Wed 19 Jan 11

Helen G says...

If its all on his wife's name then not much can be done to get any money back. Most of these type of criminals have no assets on their own name. Thus making it very difficult to get anything back for the poor people who have been done by them. Would be nice to charge his wife but I doubt any charges will be brought against her.
If its all on his wife's name then not much can be done to get any money back. Most of these type of criminals have no assets on their own name. Thus making it very difficult to get anything back for the poor people who have been done by them. Would be nice to charge his wife but I doubt any charges will be brought against her. Helen G
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12:11pm Sat 29 Jan 11

morg550 says...

I lost £3,000 to this cowboy in 2001, also known as Dave Smart. Shame he didn,t get a sentence but karma will show its face one day.
I lost £3,000 to this cowboy in 2001, also known as Dave Smart. Shame he didn,t get a sentence but karma will show its face one day. morg550
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