Persistent failings bring restaurant owner fine and suspended sentence

Persistent failings bring restaurant owner fine and suspended sentence

Last February, Safiul Islam was given three months by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) officers to rectify the breaches they discovered at his Syston Spice Restaurant (now named the Goa Restaurant) in Syston. The issues included a locked fire escape, insufficient lighting, lack of maintenance of the fire alarm system and no staff training.

Persistent failings bring restaurant owner fine and suspended sentence

Unfortunately, a follow-up inspection found that he had not carried out any of the necessary work and therefore an enforcement notice was issued, warning Mr Islam that he needed to complete the works by July. Once again, nothing was done.

A fire service spokesman said: ‘Despite agreeing to the timetable and after failing to attend several meetings with fire protection officers, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service started legal proceedings against Mr Islam.’

Mr Islam pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of a fire safety enforcement notice at the Leicester Crown Court hearing. Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC commended LFRS for its ‘diligence, tolerance and patience’ in dealing with Mr Islam and said: ‘The fire service bent over backwards trying to help Mr Islam and in providing extensions for the work to be carried out and was met with indifference.

He told Mr Islam: ‘You did next to nothing to reduce the risks to guarantee the safety of people eating in your restaurant against a serious risk of fire.’