Shonky sparkie fined
A SHODDY Rockhampton elec- trician has been fined $15,000 for endangering the lives of more than a dozen householders.
Glen Sheen, of North Rock- hampton, pleaded guilty in Rock- hampton Industrial Magistrates Court this week to breaches of the Electrical Safety Act.
They included 15 counts of unli- censed electrical work, unli- censed electrical contracting and six counts of performing unsafe electrical work.
The Electrical Safety Office said Sheen was so dangerous "most of his work'' was a fire and electric shock risk.
One person had suffered a non- fatal electric shock as a result, it said.
Sheen, a repeat offender, was this week fined $15,000 and or- dered to pay investigation and court costs in excess of $8000.
Furthermore, he received a five-month suspended jail sentence.
"He should have been sent to jail,'' one victim, a father of three, told The Morning Bulletin yester- day. "He could have killed my kids.''
Another victim, whose son suf- fered an electric shock from a faulty power point installed by Sheen, said she had trusted the "tradesman'' after asking him "100 times'' if he was a qualified and licensed electrician.
"I don't know how he can walk around town after what he did to us,'' she said.
"We trusted him and he took our money. "We got an electrician in the other day and he said it's a won- der our house is still standing.