Mr Duncan Johnstone, of Moorfields in Willaston, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after he carried out work while pretending to be a registered gas fitter and left gas pipes at one house in a condition classified as ‘immediately dangerous’.
Mr Johnstone was ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service, and received a suspended six-month prison sentence.
He was also told to pay full prosecution costs of £2,702 after pleading guilty to multiple breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said: “Duncan Johnstone carried out illegal and unsafe gas work over a period of nearly eight years and is lucky no one was seriously harmed as a result.
“Gas work has the potential to cost lives if it is not carried out by registered gas fitters. We will therefore continue to prosecute anyone who ignores the law.”