Barry Chinese takeaway fined after electricity and gas theft
12:02pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A BARRY man has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using nearly £5000 worth of gas and £4000 worth of electricity over 19 months.
Xiu Quan Lin, who committed the offences at Barry Chinese on Barry Road, was fined a total of £145 and must carry out 240 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order.
Lin, appearing at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court, pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of gas between November 2011 and May 2013 to the value of £4900 belonging to Scottish and Southern Energy. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85. No compensation was ordered as it would be unable to quantify and can be recoverable from civil proceedings.
He was also made subject to a community order and must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. The work will be supervised by a responsible officer.
Lin, 44, of Vere Street, Barry, also pleaded guilty to dishonestly using without due authority a quantity of electricity to the value of £4001.81 between November 2011 and May 2013. He was made subject to a community order and must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. This work will be supervised by a responsible officer.
Barry Chinese takeaway on Barry Road, where the offences were committed, is now closed.
A Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) spokesperson said that the company works hard to identify electricity theft through regular meter inspections and other means.
“Our primary aim in these situations is to investigate, act quickly and where it is necessary, make the situation safe for the customer and others in the vicinity,” a spokesperson said.
“We agree that once electricity theft has been identified, customers need to pay for the costs involved.
“The regulatory framework gives us the right to recover the cost of the unrecorded electricity and other related costs like visit charges, administration, reconnection charges and replacement meter costs.”
The spokesperson added: “While there are occasions where we do prosecute, we look at every case individually and take appropriate action. We find it works best in the majority of cases if we set up an enduring payment arrangement which takes into account the customer’s ability to pay."