A man was given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to six offenses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.
Chate Singh (33) of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, the sole director of CP Nottingham Ltd, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 10 December and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, reduced to 8 months for early guilty plea , for fire safety offenses. regarding the Ebers Hotel at Mansfield Road, Nottingham.
Mr. Singh was responsible for this property and the sentence is suspended for 18 months.
On top of that, Mr Singh was ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid labor and pay prosecution costs of Â£ 12,000.
CP Nottingham Ltd was fined a total of Â£ 18,000 and was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of Â£ 12,000.
His Honor Judge Watson, on sentencing, described Mr. Singh’s conduct as “a gross breach of the safety of (their) staff and guests” which could have had “catastrophic consequences” in case of fire.
He went on to say that there is no room for a deficiency of this magnitude in protecting people from the dangers of fire. He concluded that these were very serious offenses and warned Mr. Singh that he had only just avoided immediate jail.
Fire protection station manager Tom Clark of the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
âIt is particularly encouraging that the courts have shown that fire safety in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is taken very seriously, and we welcome the comments made by His Honor Judge Watson at sentencing.
âWhile we are saddened that this case has had to go to court, the shortcomings in fire safety need to be taken seriously and the appropriate action taken where appropriate.
âThe Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service seeks and will always seek to work with and support business owners, especially in the current economic climate.
âHowever, staff, members of the public and visitors using the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire premises need to be reassured that they can do so safely.
âPlus, business owners who meet their fire safety obligations should also know that those who don’t will be challenged.
âWe hope this sentence sends the message that we take fire safety matters very seriously and are committed to ensuring the safety of people. “