£1,400 bill for dishonest licence holder
A restaurant boss has been handed a court bill of £1,430 after admitting breaching licence conditions at her family restaurant.
In the case, brought by Dudley Council’s licensing team at Wolverhampton Magistrates on 14 November, Augustine Nsinga pleaded guilty to one offence of playing unlicensed music after permitted hours and two offences of supplying false information to obtain temporary licenses.
The court heard that Mrs Nsinga, who operates Afro Coast Cuisine in King Street, Dudley, was in effect running it as a nightclub, having unlicensed music after their permitted hours.
In addition, Mrs Nsinga applied for temporary licenses apparently for family celebrations but investigation of social media uncovered that these were in fact to allow known DJs and their followers to use the premises as a venue.
Police checked the premises in the early hours one weekend in January and discovered unlicensed activity. This information was passed to the local authority licensing team and further investigation discovered the false application offences.
The court sentenced Mrs Nsinga to a fine of £300 on each offence a Victims Surcharge of £30 and a contribution towards costs in the sum of £500. That is a total of £1,430.
Alan Lunt, deputy chief executive at Dudley Council, said:
This is a great example of the council, police and community members working together to ensure justice is served.
It is a reminder to licence holders that they need to ensure they are fully compliant or they too could face the strong arm of the law.
As a result of the prosecution the premises is now operating with a new licence with strict conditions attached.
People can visit www.dudley.gov.uk for more information about licencing in Dudley.