‘I’m talking – just listen to me!’ Judge Rinder shouts at claimant after rude interruption
Judge Rinder questions guests about ‘confrontation’
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Judge Rinder was back in the hot seat sorting out another legal disagreement in his courtroom. This time, it was between Francesco and Henry, who were arguing over an unfinished tiling job. Francesco wanted to claim £4210 after Henry failed to complete a job to a adequate standard and caused serious damage to a gas pipe in his property. Henry – the defendant – denies damaging the gas pipe and wants to counterfeit £210 for the outstanding amount owed on the job. When discussing the circumstances of the case, Judge Rinder wanted to know whether any screaming occurred.
Judge Rinder began: “As a result, there was a confrontation between the two of you and Henry ended up leaving. What did you say to Henry?”
“He started screaming at me downstairs,” Francesco replied and the Judge continued: “What was he screaming at you?”
“Because he said I changed my attitude because I don’t have the money to pay him. I said what I wanted was for you to come upstairs with me and then I can show you the job. And he started screaming and screaming and screaming,” the claimant explained.
Judge Rinder turned to Henry and asked: “Were you screaming and screaming and screaming?”
“No Sir,” he said and Francesco jumped in: “Well, I can call all my neighbours and see who it was that was screaming? Myself.”
“He’s gone – good riddance. However, you are very cross,” Judge Rinder commented. “You’re cross because you’ve got broken tiles, you’re crossed because it hasn’t been laid to a satisfactory standard and that would be the end of the matter as far as your legal case is concerned.
“However, three days later there were some fire doors being fitted in the building and you got a knock at the door – why were they knocking at your door Francesco?”
“When they were removing the frame on the top of the door, they broke the gas pipe,” he said. “I called British Gas, they came and they closed the gas and changed the pipe on the top of the door.
“In the meantime, British Gas told me they found a leak into my flat.”
“That’s what we’re getting to!” Judge Rinder exclaimed. “They came to the house they were concerned and the concern was a leak, so they had to explore that – what did they do?”
“They asked me if I had had any jobs done recently and I said the only job was the tiles in the hallway,” the claimant said. “Using a machine and they found the leak.”
He went onto explain how the tiles were pulled up and they discovered a nail in the gas pipe – which he had brought along to court with him.
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“Just to be clear, Henry, during the course of putting down the wood floor, did you use screws,” Judge Rinder asked and Henry replied: “I used screws on the floorboards sir.”
An expert was then asked whether the nails found in the pipe were “appropriate” for the job and Peter said “ring nails” should’ve been used not “standard oval nails”.
Henry admitted he didn’t use a metal detector but did “take a few of the floorboards up to see where the pipes ran,” as well as marking all the joists.
He also said he returned a week later to the property to lay the tiles and if there was an issue he would’ve noticed.
Francesco then went to speak and Judge Rinder remarked: “Be quiet – Francesco! Be quiet – Francesco!”
“He was blind!” The claimant argued. “He said he did his search and you can see the gas -”
“I’m talking – will you listen to me?” Judge Rinder hollered. “You have submitted your case on the basis the work took place over sequential days. I’m told by Henry he came back over a period of two or three weeks. Is that correct? You’re saying he showed up every single day. What evidence do you have that is not the case?”
Henry said it was to do with his day rate being too expensive for Francesco, but failed to provide a works diary.
Judge Rinder airs weekdays at 2pm on ITV.
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