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Go to www.times.co.nz/photos and click on your chosen image for ordering details. www.times.co.nz/photos A PAKURANGA woman has been charged by police after allegedly stabbing her ex-husband. Police have charged the 43-year-old Asian woman with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. She was arrested after emergency services were called to her home in Marriott Road at about 8.30pm last Friday. Detective senior sergeant Darrell Harpur, head of Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB), says the woman’s former husband was found injured at the property. The 44-year-old man had allegedly been stabbed multiple times and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. A knife was recovered by police from the crime scene. The alleged stabbing victim’s ex-wife’s case is now before the courts. It’s unknown if anyone else was at the property at the time of the violent incident. Charged over brutal stabbing Dangerous gas work AWELDER who illegally in- stalled gas pipes and appli- ances at an Auckland home has been convicted and fined $25,000 in the district court. Judge Dawson also ordered he pay reparations of $6039 along with court costs and solicitors’ fees. The work was described by a gas auditor as the most dangerous gas installation he has ever come across in 40 years. Wayne Johnson, a welder by trade and director of Global Weld- ing and Fabrication Ltd, was not authorised by the Plumbers, Gas- fitters, and Drainlayers Board to carry out gas-fitting work at a South Auckland home. The gas-fitting work involved the extension of gas pipes from the house to the garage of the resi- dence, which was attached to the natural gas supply via a meter. Mr Johnson also installed gas appliances including a continuous flow water heater, free standing oven, kebab roaster, commercial hot plate, and completed connec- tion of the gas appliances to the extended pipe work. When the board received the complaint, a licensed gasfitter was sent to the property to inspect the installations for the purpose of a gas audit. Several faults were identified and the work was described as some of the most dangerous he had ever seen in his 40 years experience in the gas industry. He had never found a more dan- gerous installation. The auditor believed that due to the severity and number of gas leaks that were immediately adja- cent to open flames, a fire or explo- sion was inevitable. The deficiencies in the manner the work was carried out were found to be unsafe and posed a dan- ger to life. Numerous faults were found that could have led to gas leaks – caus- ing fire or explosion. Other risks included potential for the generation of carbon mon- oxide gas. Prolonged low level exposure to carbon monoxide can cause illness, loss of normal cognitive function and drowsiness. At high levels of exposure, it can be fatal. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, because it’s odourless and colourless. Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drain- layers Board chief executive Max Pedersen says: “This is an extremely serious offence and there was a clear risk of this dangerous work causing loss of life and injury. “Unauthorised people doing gas- fitting can place consumers at risk. I hope this sentence will serve as a deterrent to others. “Anyone involved in plumb- ing, gas-fitting and drain-laying is required to carry an authorisation card, and consumers should ask for it,” says Mr Pedersen. “This provides an assurance the work is carried out legally by a competent tradesperson, who is authorised by the board. “If you’re installing a new appli- ance or altering your gas supply, use an authorised gasfitter to do the job. “They will ensure it is connected correctly, flued and ventilated properly, and in good working order.” A Gas Safety Certificate is required for all new gas instal- lations and alterations, and they must be supplied by the company that carried out the work. If a member of the public believes that work has been done by some- one who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of tradespeople, they can make a complaint to the board. Authorised tradespeople are listed on the board’s website, www. pgdb.co.nz.
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