Leeds City council has called time on an illegal drinking den at a flat in Harehills, following a successful prosecution at Leeds Magistrates’ court yesterday (Tuesday 15 April).
Floberte Ngamou, 39, of Bexley Avenue, Harehills pleaded guilty to two offences of selling alcohol without a licence at a flat above a hairdressers at 123 Harehills Road. Ngamou was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid work and £2160 costs.
Leeds City Council’s licensing officers successfully brought the prosecution after it was discovered that alcohol was being displayed, offered for sale and being consumed at the property by members of the public, without a licence. Officers from Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police visited the premises on three separate occasions between October 2012 and April 2013 and each time alcohol was being sold without a licence, despite previous warnings and legal orders given to stop the activities until a suitable licence was granted. Floberte Ngamou confirmed that she was in charge and had control of the premises on each occasion.
Councillor Graham Hyde, acting chair of the licencing committee said:
“It beggars belief that this type of irresponsible behaviour is going on in this day and age. Selling and allowing people to drink alcohol at an unlicensed premises not only puts the ‘customers’ at risk it is also anti-social and a blight for local residents. This prosecution shows that we will not tolerate this kind of irresponsible behaviour in our city.”
Floberte Ngamou was prosecuted for two offences under s.136 and two offences under s.137 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Since the 24th November 2005 the sale by retail of alcohol is a licensable activity under the Licensing Act 2003. Premises selling alcohol require a Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notice authorising the activity.
A person guilty of an offence of selling alcohol without a licence is liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding £20,000, or to both.
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