A disgruntled customer damaged a door when he was left out of pocket by a collapsed flooring firm.

Michael Fell, 44, smashed a door belonging to Allfloors Huddersfield Ltd.

The firm is believed to have left numerous customers hundreds of pounds out of pocket after taking deposits and failing to deliver the work.

Fell claimed that Gary Connor, the sole trader of the company, also owned him money.

He admitted criminal damage at the firm’s former premises in a showroom at Britannia Mills in Slaithwaite.

Sign at former premises of All Floors at Britannia Mills in Slaithwaite.
 

Giles Grant, prosecuting, said that the offence happened on July 14.

He said that Allfloors had folded and the building’s site manager Peter Sykes was owed money for three months of electricity and rent.

He collected the keys from Mr Connor and left the showroom secure.

When he returned later Mr Sykes noticed that damage had been caused to the door of the first floor premises.

Mr Grant said: “A heavy metal weight used as a doorstop was next to the door. The handle was damaged and there was a hole in the door the same size as the doorstop.

“It was suspected that an irate customer was responsible. Blood on the door related to the defendant.”

Fell, of Manchester Road in Slaithwaite, said he damaged the door in frustration.

He told magistrates: “It was in anger, he’d run off with lots of customers’ money.

“He took my deposit off me and I never received the money back.

“This was to fit a new carpet, he put me off for months and months.

“I wouldn’t have done it if I’d known he’d been evicted.”

Magistrates ordered Fell to pay Mr Sykes £100 compensation as well as £85 court costs.

Records show Mr Connor and companies he ran have at least eight county court judgements against them for almost £19,000 of unpaid debts dating back to 2009.

This includes an unpaid debt of £3,806 owed by Allfloors.