Birmingham news Shisha bar owner fined for 20-person gathering during second lockdown PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Jamil Kabal, who runs Argeela Lounge and Grill in Digbeth, failed to attend Birmingham Magistrates' Court because he was self-isolating
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A shisha bar owner has been fined nearly £2,000 for holding a 20-person gathering during the second national lockdown. Police attended Argeela Lounge & Grill in Digbeth to find people drinking, smoking and watching boxing on November 21. They all claimed to be staff who were there 'cleaning up'. Jamil Kabal, who runs the venue on Fazeley Street, was identified as the owner and was subsequently hit with a fixed penalty notice. However the 46-year-old was further charged with failing to close a restricted business not permitted to remain open due to coronavirus, after not paying. Kabal, of no fixed address, could not attend Birmingham Magistrates' Court for a hearing on Tuesday, April 6. He sent a note to the court saying he was having to self-isolate. However, his solicitor entered a guilty plea on his behalf. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now In his absence Kabal was fined £1,800 and ordered to pay £135 in costs and a £180 victim surcharge. Prosecutor Ros Butler said: "On 21st November last year, police attended a premises known as Argeela shisha lounge on Fazeley Street, Digbeth, to reports of people breaking Covid rules. The shutters at the location were down. "When officers asked for the shutters to be opened someone did open them. Police saw about 20 people smoking shisha, drinking, watching boxing on a screen. When they spoke to them they all said they were staff and cleaning up. Officers clearly did not accept that.
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He added: "He instructs me his business was not open for customers, it was not open for business and not trading at all. The fine came through the post but he has had no fixed address for some time and missed the fine or didn't respond to it. "He made no profit last year, he hasn't taken any of the government loans available. He says he hasn't breached any of the regulations whatsoever. But he instructs me to enter a guilty plea. He wants this matter to be dealt with at this hearing. He doesn't seek to come back to be heard."
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