The joint owners of a Brighton kebab shop have been reprimanded for dangerous fire safety hazards. Mr Mustafa Duran pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a prohibition notice at the Golden Grill establishment, receiving a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay costs of over £1000. His business partner, Mr Nafiz Karaca was also fined £1000, and ordered to also pay court costs of £2,450.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Business Safety Inspecting Officers first visited the premises in February 2012 following a complaint. A Prohibition Notice was served which made it clear that no persons were to sleep at the premises until the fire safety arrangements had been improved.
In June 2012 Mr Duran took on the lease for the premises jointly with Mr Nafiz Karaca. They opened the Golden Grill in July 2012 and in April 2014 Mr Duran took over as Manager of the business. In November 2014 officers visited the premises to ensure that the Prohibition Notice was being complied with. However, during the visit people were found to be sleeping on the premises. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service warned that the pair had caused “serious risk of death or serious injury” to those sleeping above the takeaway and for failing to comply with the prohibition notice, hence the need for a prosecution.
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.”
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