Cowboy builders must pay widow (84)
AN 84-year-old widow suffered from stress and anxiety because of the poor workmanship of a builder whom she had paid €23,000 to replace a small utility room in her home.
Kathleen O'Leary told the Circuit Civil Court she had suffered as the result of a litany of defects left behind by building company Cranlowe Ltd., run by father and son Patrick Cowzer and Patrick Jr.
When she had complained to Cowzer Sr about her house being flooded and electricity failures, he had become very aggressive and abusive.
Ms O'Leary said the work done by the Cowzers, whose company address was in Terenure, Dublin, had been very unsatisfactory. Shortly after the installation her house was flooded and the electricity failed. It had not been earthed.
Quantity surveyor Kevin O'Rafferty told the court Cranlowe Ltd had failed to properly insulate the room or fit sub floor ventilation at the house in Cherryfield Road, Walkinstown, Dublin.
A survey of underground piping revealed defects which resulted in foul water leaking into the surrounding soil.
Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, awarded Ms O'Leary €14,912 damages against Cranlowe Ltd for necessary remedial work and added a figure of €3,500 compensation for her anxiety and inconvenience.