On Thursday 18 October 2018, Wirral brothers Kyle James Owen (27) and Ryan Arthur Owen (24) were sentenced at Wirral Magistrates’ Court for committing offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Ryan Owen had been the director of Owens Security Solutions Ltd. When his licence was suspended in June last year by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), he appointed his brother Kyle as director in order for the company to continue trading, but he didn’t remove himself as a director and, despite his suspension, continued to work in licensable roles.
At the trial, Kyle Owen was found guilty for supplying his brother Ryan Owen to a venue as an unlicensed security officer. Ryan Owen was found guilty of supplying himself as an unlicensed security officer while he was the director of the company.
Ryan Owen was fined £800 and required to pay a victim surcharge of £40 and court costs of £2,500 as he supplied non-licensed personnel to venues on the Wirral. He also continued to work in a licensable role, despite his licence having been suspended.
His brother, Kyle Owen, was fined £400 and is required to pay a victim surcharge of £40 plus court costs of £1,000. He took over as director of the company in June last year following the suspension of Ryan Owen’s licence. Kyle Owen then also supplied non-licensed security operatives, including his brother Ryan, to venues in the Wirral.
In July this year, both men pleaded guilty at Wirral Magistrates’ Court for failing to supply information to the SIA when requested (a contravention of Section 19 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001) and for not informing the SIA of their change of addresses (an offence relating to the conditions of their licence).
Commenting on the case, the SIA’s criminal investigations manager Pete Easterbrook said that suspension means suspension. “An SIA licence suspension is designed to remove individuals from licensable positions until there’s certainty about whether that person is fit to continue as a licence holder or not. The suspension is there to protect the public. It cannot be circumnavigated. In this case, the Owen brothers embarked on a course of action which placed the public at risk. To compound matters, they then failed to co-operate with the SIA as the Regulator and respond to requests for information, in all likelihood to mask their activity.”
Easterbrook added: “I’m pleased that the court recognises the significance of the suspension of an SIA licence and the severity of the Owen brothers’ actions by dint of them ignoring the suspension.”