A former hotel owner who put his customers and members of the public at risk by breaking fire safety rules has been convicted.
Michael Jordan, director of Rocco Inns Ltd, has pleaded guilty to a number of fire safety offenses in connection with the White Hart Hotel in Launceston.
The hotel has since been sold.
A fire safety inspector from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has identified numerous fire safety violations following a hotel fire in July 2019.
The infractions included several faults in the fire alarm system and missing smoke detectors in guest rooms.
At a hearing in July, Kingsley Keat, suing on behalf of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, told Bodmin Magistrates’ Court that Mr Jordan, 47, from Barnstaple, did not had not implemented the recommendations identified in a fire risk assessment dated August 7. 2018.
Mr. Jordan pleaded guilty to four violations of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.
At a subsequent hearing held at Truro Crown Court on September 3, Judge Richardson sentenced Mr Jordan to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, with an obligation to perform 160 hours of unpaid work.
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Kathryn Billing, fire chief with the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, thanked those involved for handling the case over a long period of time.
She said, âThis is a reminder to business owners to take fire safety seriously. Mr. Jordan has put guests and members of the public at risk.
âI urge all business owners to make sure they have an appropriate fire alarm system.
“Not only is it a legal obligation, but they are there to save lives.”
Councilor Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for environment and climate change and public protection issues, said: âI would like to thank all the employees of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who participated. to this survey.
“Where companies don’t take their responsibilities seriously and put people at risk, we won’t hesitate to take action.”
Due to the number of serious deficiencies found during the inspection, officers issued a prohibition notice prohibiting the use of the premises with respect to her bedrooms until adequate fire safety measures were taken. been put in place.
Rocco Inns Ltd subsequently went into liquidation and the White Hart Hotel was sold.