The prime minister’s nephew has been warned by a Sydney court that he will be arrested in two weeks if he does not return.
A group of people claim they were scammed by Mitchell Cole who left a number of construction jobs unfinished….
A group of people claim they were scammed by Mitchell Cole, who left some construction work unfinished.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s nephew failed to show up in court today, a week after the NSW business watchdog slammed him with criminal charges.
Mitchell James Cole was due to appear in Parramatta court today after NSW Fair Trading filed 20 charges against the 29-year-old in connection with his construction company.
Mr Cole, who is Mr Morrison’s cousin by marriage through his wife Jenny Morrison, has worked in the suburbs of Sydney for the past few years.
However, his construction company has been in trouble on several occasions, with Fair Trading fined Mr Cole six times.
It is the first time the department has brought criminal charges against the company.
He faces 20 charges, including multiple charges for doing home construction work without a permit, multiple charges, receiving payment for building without insurance, multiple charges for doing home construction work without a license, and one charge for not accepting delivery of goods/services on time.
The builder was due to appear in court for the first time today, but when his name was called at 10:30 a.m., Mr. Cole did not show up.
An attorney for Fair Trading, along with Magistrate Peter Feather, confirmed that Mr Cole had received his notice of attendance and knew he had to be there.
The lawyer, who declined to give his name, also said Mr Cole claimed to be legally represented but Fair Trading had not been told who that was.
Fair Trading’s attorney and Magistrate Feather briefly considered issuing an arrest warrant for Mr Cole’s arrest for failing to appear in court.
The pair then agreed to give the 29-year-old a second chance to appear in court.
Magistrate Feather adjourned his case for two weeks and issued a warning to Mr Cole.
« It is likely that an arrest warrant will be issued at the next opportunity (if he does not reappear), » he said.
Mr Cole has been in the crosshairs of Fair Trading for years.
In November last year, a group of Sydneysiders spoke to A current matter about Mr. Cole.
Fay Voyiatsis said the builder had dropped the prime minister’s name several times.
She also said he showed her pictures of him with Mr Morrison, which showed them spending Christmas with family at his home in Kirribilli House.
« He showed us pictures of him and his family, including his uncle, Mr. Scott Morrison, celebrating Christmas together, » she said.
In a statement to A current matter last year, Mr Morrison said: “Mitchell is my cousin by marriage and that’s why he occasionally goes to family events. However, that’s the level of contact I have with Mitchell.
“Mitchell, like everyone else, must be held fully accountable for all his actions.
« No one should go through what you went through. »
Mr Cole is due to appear in Parramatta court on June 25.
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