A man has been sentenced to 160 hours of community service after a botched attempt at DIY.
Pendery's loft conversion failed miserably
Christopher Pendery, 27, from Loughborough caused nearly £15,000 worth of damage to his rented
He admitted causing criminal damage as he converted a loft into a bedroom.
Leicester Crown Court heard on Wednesday that one surveyor described it as "the most dangerous inhabited property" he had seen in 11 years.
Prosecutor James Varley said Pendery sawed through timbers holding up the roof of the house, owned by Derwent Housing Association, when they got in
the way of his conversion.
He also installed a small bed and lined the floor with chipboard, which was so fragile it would have caved in when any weight was placed on it.
The damage was first noticed by police on a visit to the house on an unrelated
William Redgrave, defending, said: "From the start, he has expressed his
absolute remorse for this stupid offence.
"He did not appreciate he was committing a criminal offence at the time.
"There's no excuse put forward. The explanation was that he was seeking to
create a space for his children to have more room to play in but failed to give
any thought to the consequences."
"It does not make him a bad man, just a stupid one."
Judge Peter Morrell, sentencing, said: "I can see you are sorry for yourself
and there's a degree of remorse at the consequences of your stupidity.
"I do not regard that the cost of the damage caused was the most serious aspect of what you did... the most serious aspect is the risk you placed innocent
people in by your thoughtless actions."