The nephew of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s contractor had no shortage of excuses as to why he didn’t finish clients’ work – including ‘stress’ and even bleeding from the rear.
Texts obtained by Daily Mail Australia list the reasons 29-year-old Mitchell James Cole, 29, offered a client for repeated alleged no-shows in the workplace in 2018.
A Sydney woman spent about $5,000 on Cole for pool and wooden decking in September. But the work was never finished, and the scorned customer couldn’t get her lost money back because Cole didn’t have a building permit.
In a message explaining why he hadn’t shown up at the scene, Cole claimed: “I’ve been in the hospital since Sunday afternoon, I’ll be released this afternoon.”
The woman replied, “I hope you are well. What happened? I wish you had messaged me. When can we arrange my place? I must discuss the course of action with you at my home.’
Cole then claimed that he had suffered from “stress and (sic) bleeding from behind.”
Uncle ScoMo: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his cousin-in-law Mitchell James Cole at a Christmas party at Kirribilli House in 2018
Mitchell Cole told a client he hadn’t worked because “I’ve been in the hospital since Sunday afternoon.” Mr Cole claimed he suffered from stress and bleeding
Cole was blunt when he described what had happened to him. He suffered from stress and bleeding from the back, but recovered quickly from his ailments
However, he quickly recovered from those ailments and asked if the woman would be available the following afternoon so that he could go to work the next day.
The woman agreed to be home around 5:30 p.m. But the next day he texted her, “Can we switch to tomorrow morning and I’ll be there.”
Cole never showed up that day or the next, she claimed, despite promising “100%” he would be there.
“I called again and he said he had been in hospital because he was ‘stressed and bleeding from the back,'” the woman said in a statement to NSW Fair Trading.
Stress a bleeding from the back
Mitchell Cole on why he was hospitalized and unable to go to work
He stated that he wanted to finish the job ‘100%’ and get the job done. He promised to come the next day to do the work, but he didn’t show up as usual.
“Cole kept asking me for more money even when he didn’t even show up to finish the job.”
A few days later, Cole insisted he had completed a task, even though the client said she couldn’t see what work had been done.
“Every day he said he’d come fix it or go on working, or he’d been with me (I was at work),” she said.
“He never went or did the things he said in the posts he was doing. All lies.’
Mr Cole has worked under a range of company names in recent years, including Nexo Build
Repeated Assurances: Reports show Cole often said he ‘would be 100 percent there’, but his client told NSW Fair Trading he rarely showed that
She claimed to have only seen students working on the spot.
The woman later demanded that he remove his trash can from her property, which she claimed loaded the trash from other locations. Cole replied that the trash was in ‘my company name, which states I can put my trash and material in (sic)’.
Another client, James McCall, of Menai in southern Sydney, said Cole had told him at one point that he had a medical problem with his lungs and was unable to work for months.
Cole worked by contacting potential clients through local Facebook pages. Mr McCall said Cole came to his house and “really seemed like he knew what he was doing.”
“It was reasonably priced. He had all the stuff—he looked legit.”
He boasted to Mr McCall that he was related to the country’s leader, and showed pictures of himself at Kirribilli House in Christmas 2018, barely a meter away from the prime minister.
Mr McCall said he paid Cole $23,000 to tile and fence his pool, but claimed the trader would rarely show up and claimed his job was fraught with problems.
“I would call him and text him and he would never contact me again,” he claimed.
Cole is seen in 2019 confronted on the street by an A Current Affair reporter at an insincere moment for a relative of the country’s leader.
James McCall Claimed He’d Call Cole And Text Him But He Wouldn’t Show Up
Mr McCall said he handed over $23,000 for work on his pool plus fencing
Daily Mail Australia revealed this week that Cole has been charged with 20 violations by NSW Fair Trading.
Among them were six charges of unlicensed housing construction and five charges of carrying out construction work without insurance.
His case will come before the local Parramatta court next Thursday.
Cole was previously convicted of six charges for doing construction work without a permit and was fined $60,000. He did not respond to a request for comment.
As for the prime minister, Mr Morrison has previously said he was “deeply concerned” about allegations against his cousin.
“Mitchell is my cousin by marriage and that’s why he occasionally goes to family events,” he said.
“But that’s the level of contact I have with Mitchell. Mitchell, like everyone else, should be held fully accountable for all his actions.”