DJ Jailed for fire safety offences
Posted 19/04/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
A Liverpool DJ who ran an illegal rave in the basement of a warehouse has been handed an 8 month prison sentence as well as being suspended for two years and told to carry out 150 hours of community service.
Andrew Jones, 37, of St Domingo Vale, Anfield, admitted to 12 fire safety offences during his trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Between 50 and 70 people attended the rave at the property which Jones rented on Naylor Street, Vauxhall.
When police arrived at approximately 7am on 6th July, 2014 more than 60 party-goers were found inside in various different states of intoxication. Police officers found that Jones had illegally tampered with the property’s electric supply and locked the only escape route out of the premise. All the guests would have been unaware of the layout of the building, many of them being under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Had there been a fire within the building, many visitors would have been at risk of serious injury or even death.
Jones told how he is very regretful of what occurred, knowing that he could have prevented it. He has put on events in the past and never before has this happened. The fact that he pleaded guilty and not having many previous convictions of a similar sort meant that his sentence could be suspended.
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