Retailer Fined For Dangerous Hot Tubs

Ian Crilly has been fined £16,000 for supplying hot tubs that he knew were faulty.
Ian Crilly has been fined £16,000 for supplying hot tubs that he knew were faulty.

A businessman has been ordered to pay £16,000 for selling hot tubs that he knew were faulty and gave people electric shocks.
Ian Crilly, 50, who runs Derby firm Midland Hot Tub Hire, sold one victim’s family a hot tub that shocked her, her mother and her dog.
He also sold another to a second customer which tripped her home’s electrics.
Magistrate Fiona Cannon said: “This is a serious offence. You put your own financial gain above the safety of others.” Trading standards began investigation Crilly in August 2014 after receiving a complaint from someone who had received a shock from their hot tub.
He told officers he had sold two MSpa hot tubs and admitted he was aware of the problem but said “new heaters were being sent out to replace problem heaters on the hot tubs”.
Sarah Rust, defending, told the court he had operated a hot tub business since 2009 or 2010 and said until the MSpa problem “there was never an issue regarding safety or any complaints”. Ms Rust said Crilly had refunded 90 per cent of the money on the MSpas by customers.
Crilly admitted twice supplying dangerous products which he knew, or should have presumed, to be faulty.
He was fined £6,000 for each of the two offences and ordered to pay £4,000 towards the costs of the trading standards investigation.