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Dominic Littlewood on the steps of Lewes Crown Court with David Goymer
Dominic Littlewood on the steps of Lewes Crown Court with David Goymer

A BANKRUPT cowboy builder, who was spared jail this week for taking money from customers, was confronted a consumer rights TV presenter as he left court.

David Goymer then had to be helped down the steps by the broadcaster Dominic Littlewood and court staff as he left Lewes Crown Court on Monday after he admitted failing to tell his customers he was a bankrupt.

He walked with a frame and also needed help getting into his car.

Just moments earlier he had been given a one year prison sentence suspended for two years.

Goymer, of Richmond Road, Pevensey, was featured on Channel Five’s Cowboy Builders programme after customers complained he took money for work he failed to carry out or complete.

The 64-year-old admitted four counts of accepting payments without disclosing he was an undischarged bankrupt.

He was made bankrupt in 1984, 1993, 2000 and 2001.

In 2008 he was placed under a ten-year bankruptcy restriction order.

But between January 2003 and September 2007 he accepted cash and cheques from four customers for sums ranging between £1,000 and £23,000.

The cheques were made payable to his wife’s hairdressing business.

Goymer had originally denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty.The prosecution was brought by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A spokesman said that in addition to failing to disclose that he was an undischarged bankrupt, Goymer also either failed to carry out or complete work he had accepted payment for.