Nightclub boss fined over licensing issue
PUBLISHED: 11:07 11 May 2011 | UPDATED: 11:25 11 May 2011
A WELL-KNOWN nightclub boss jailed for threatening to shoot a bailiff has received more punishment - this time for failing tell the licensing authority about his conviction.
Cam Mu was released from prison earlier this year after serving half his year-long sentence for turning a shotgun on a debt recovery agency employee as he tried to immobilise Mu’s brother’s Porsche at his Brean Down Avenue home.
But the 38-year-old was back in court on Monday, this time at North Somerset Courthouse for failing to notify the unitary authority about the gun crime – a requirement under a personal alcohol licence he was awarded in 2005.
The businessman, who owns Dragon Kiss bar and the Sea Palace restaurant in Weston, pleaded not guilty to the charge, levelled against him by North Somerset Council.
He said he had told his former PA Caroline Manville to notify the council while in jail, but she had been unable to do so because of her heavy workload.
But magistrates found Mu guilty and suspended his personal alcohol licence for three months, meaning he cannot supervise the selling of drinks at any establishment.
He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,200 prosecution costs, plus a victim surcharge of £15 - making a total of £1,715.
Speaking after the hearing on Tuesday, Mu told the Mercury he was disappointed by the outcome, but said the licence suspension would make no difference to business.
He said: “I’ve got managers and designated premises supervisors – I don’t need to be at the bars, it’s going to make no difference.
“The only inconvenience it might cause is when we have a few people short and I could have jumped in to help.
“To be found guilty of the charge, though, is disappointing.”
At the hearing on Monday, the council’s solicitor, Sally Andrews, said Mu had failed to notify the council about the gun crime or prison sentence from the conviction on June 10 until January 13.
Magistrates accepted Mu had been under pressure running business from prison, but agreed with Ms Andrews that he had no ‘reasonable excuse’ and found Mu guilty.
After the case, a council spokesman said: “I hope this serves a message to people to take the licensing laws seriously and if they flout it, they will receive serious penalties.”