Kebab shop owner sentenced for fire safety failings
Posted 04/04/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
Mr Mustafa Duran, the owner of Brighton kebab shop, the Golden Grill, has pleaded guilty to failing to abide to a prohibition notice for the establishment. Mr Duran received an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,040. Mr Nafiz Karaca, business partner, allowed people to sleep above the Golden Grill against the prohibition terms. He admitted the offence in the Eastbourne Magistrates Court where he was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,450 and pay a court surcharge of £100.
The prohibition notice was given to the Golden Grill after inspectors from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service visited the site in February 2012. The inspection was followed by a complaint regarding the fire safety of the premises, it stated that no one is able to sleep on the premise until the fire safety was improved.
Mr Duran took on the lease of the premises jointly with Mr Karaca in June 2012, the Golden Grill was opened in July 2012. In April 2014 MR Duran took over as Manager of the business. In November 2014 officers visited the site to ensure they were compliant with the prohibition notice terms, however people were found sleeping on the premises during the inspection. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service warned Mr Duran and Karaca that the people sleeping above the Kebab shop were at “a serious risk of death or serious injury” due to the fire safety not being improved.
Group Manager, Richard Fowler Business Safety Manager for ESFRS, said “We are pleased to see that the weight of evidence against him encouraged Mr Duran to change his plea to guilty. Failure to comply with a prohibition notice is a very serious offence indeed. Persons were put at significant risk of death or serious injury in the premises that Mr Duran had responsibility for and as a service we treat contraventions of this nature with the gravity they require.”