Salim Patel, owner of the six floor 18 room Radnor Hotel in Bayswater, was fined £200k and jailed for four months, suspended for 10 months, for seven breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The prosecution followed a routine inspection by the London Fire Brigade, when several breaches were noted including inadequate fire detection systems, missing fire doors or fire doors tied open with extension cords and string, no fire risk assessment, and evidence that the basement storeroom had been used for sleeping. Despite being served with an enforcement notice, Mr Salim failed to put in place any changes by the time the London Fire Brigade carried out a follow up visit.
In addition to the fine and the term of imprisonment, Mr Salim was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £29,922. When sentencing, HHJ Kennedy made clear that as the owner of the business, the “buck stopped” with Mr Patel.