Magistrates impose suspended sentence and costs for health and safety failures

Posted on 22nd December 2016 | News Category: eastlaw Prosecutions, Uncategorised

Cara Jordan, Barrister at Eastlaw has successfully brought a prosecution against a landlord who failed to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Ian Andrew Chinn, of the Ferry Inn, Horning, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to ensure the health and safety of people at a play area next to the business. The charges related to two dates – March 31 and April 1, 2016.
Magistrates at Norwich Magistrates’ Court decided to impose two 18 week concurrent custodial sentences, suspended for one year, for the two offences.
They also agreed to the council’s request for £1670 of costs, and applied a victim surcharge of £115. The total to pay will be £1785.
The court heard that the play area in question had a range of dangers including gaps in netting, screws sticking out, poorly maintained electrics and a bouncy castle not anchored to the ground.
After the case Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services at the District Council, said: “This was a very serious case and we are grateful to the court for clearly recognising that fact.
“It is very important that the public have confidence that their children are safe when they are playing in such areas and we work hard to make sure that is the case.
“A particular thank you to the council officers involved in this case, who demonstrated excellent awareness as to the dangers present and reacted quickly when notified.”