Unlicensed electrical contractor fined $20,000
Mr Ronald William Wynhoven (aka Winjhoven) was fined $20,000 yesterday in the Hobart Magistrates Court. Mr Wynhoven's conviction relates to installing a solar energy system at Levendale in 2016. At the time Mr Wynhoven was an unlicensed contractor and he performed work which was both defective and dangerous. Mr Wynhoven's actions also damaged the reputation of other legitimate tradespeople.
As a result Magistrate Reg Marron fined Mr Wynhoven:
- $15,000 for two offences for carrying on a business as an unlicensed contractor, and
- $5,000 for failing to provide information to the Administrator of Occupational Licensing when required.
In sentencing it was noted that Mr Wynhoven:
- caused significant delays by failing to appear on a number of occasions resulting in his arrest in April 2019
- had a relevant criminal history relating to offences of dishonesty, and
- previously had a building practitioner accreditation cancelled due to professional misconduct relating to defective building work in 2011.
CBOS would like to remind Tasmanians to check if a tradesperson is licensed before having any building, electrical, plumbing or gas-fitting work carried out at home or at work.