B'ham restauranteur faces jail term

Monday 04th February 2019 11:19 EST

A Birmingham restaurant owner has been jailed for overseeing hygiene breaches at a curry house, with blocked sink, rat infestation and 'mouldy and sporouting food items'. 

Mohammed Muneer continued running his business apparently inspite of a ban imposed on him when he was given a suspended prison sentence. And a judge at Warwick Crown Court has warned Muneer that an immediate jail term is ‘the likely outcome’ after he pleaded guilty to contravening a prohibition order.

The Birmingham Mail reported that the charge detailed that between the end of January 2018 and the end of September 2018, he took part in the management of a food business, Ali’s Curry House in Bath Street, Leamington. That was in breach of an order, under Food Hygiene Regulations that banned the 64 year old Muneer from management of a food business for two years. However the court was told that Muneer allegedly still works in the restaurant as an employee and the restaurant has been taken over by a Mr Khan.

The prosecution by Warwick District Council was the culmination of a series of breaches of food hygiene regulations by Muneer. He had been given a caution in 2014, and the following year he was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay more than £4,000 costs after a rat infestation was found at the restaurant. Muneer has been given a 23-week prison sentence suspended for two years – and made subject to the prohibition order.

At the request of defendant's lawyer, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Muneer.

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