Motorhome mates have fallen out after the re-wiring job they carried out together was found to be dangerous.
In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, William Komene, 64, admitted carrying out electrical work on his former friend's motorhome last year but denied wiring it incorrectly.
Komene was charged with performing unauthorised prescribed electrical work under the Electricity Act.
During a disputed facts hearing, Komene, who carried out his own defence, accused his former friend, Stan Walmsley, of changing the wires after Komene finished the job and tested it.
Mr Walmsley had wanted a cheap job, had not supplied him with the correct parts he needed and had then reported him to the authorities, Komene said.
At one point Komene told Judge Rob Murfitt that he repeatedly called Mr Walmsley a half-wit "and he didn't like it".
Giving evidence, Mr Walmsley countered that Komene was condescending and had racially abused him.
Mr Walmsley denied reporting Komene and said he had bought everything that Komene said he needed.
After the job was finished, Komene said he told Mr Walmsley he should take the motorhome to electrical inspector Allan West for certification.
Giving evidence, Mr West confirmed Mr Walmsley asked him to check the wiring.
Mr West found it was dangerous and as such was required to report it to the Electrical Workers Registration Board.
He did so, taking photos of the evidence.
Komene told Mr West that the wiring was perfect when it left his place.
"And yet it gets to your place and it's changed".
"All I can say is that is what I found," Mr West replied.
Judge Murfitt decided that he was unable to determine who had carried out the most dangerous aspects of the reversed wiring. Both men worked on the job.
Komene had acted as a good samaritan in doing the work and was not doing it for personal gain. He was given $300 in compensation and his drill was damaged, the judge said.
Komene was convicted and discharged.
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