On Monday 29 April, Birmingham resident John Mendy was found guilty (in his absence) at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. Mendy was fined £600 and required to pay court costs of £7,815. He incurred this significant fine and court costs for ignoring three formal requests from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Mendy also failed to attend Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for the hearing of his case last December, in March and again on Monday 29 April.
The investigation began after the SIA tried to speak to Mendy about why his licence number was being used by someone else at the Witcombe Cider Festival back in 2017. An SIA investigator carrying out routine licence checks at the Gloucestershire event found an individual displaying a fraudulent SIA door supervisor licence featuring a licence number assigned to Mendy. The individual wearing the badge was known as Gabriel Prom. This individual does not hold an SIA licence.
Following this discovery, the SIA made several attempts to contact Mendy between 24 January and 26 May last year in order to find out whether he was aware that his licence was being used fraudulently by someone else. As he repeatedly failed to respond to the SIA’s enquiries, Mendy was then prosecuted by the Regulator.
Gabriel Prom also failed to attend a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Pete Easterbrook of the SIA’s Criminal Investigations Team said: “John Mendy has shown a complete lack of regard and respect for both the SIA and the judicial system. He chose not to attend court to explain his actions. It’s my view Mendy believed that, by ignoring our requests, he could somehow undermine our investigation. As this result has shown, it’s a course of action that was ill advised. Mendy now has a criminal record and must pay a substantial fine and significant court costs.”
Easterbrook added: “This case is a reminder that our investigators have the power to require a regulated person to provide them with documents or other information. This is not a power we exercise lightly, but when we do so, we expect individuals to engage with us. Those who choose to treat such a request as optional and fail to respond can expect to be prosecuted.”
John Mendy was licensed until 21 August 2018. His licence has now expired.
*As this is now the events season, the SIA advises event organisers who are procuring private security firms to protect the public at their events to consider appointing an Approved Contractor to provide the service. In addition, they should check to ensure that the people whom they’re employing to provide security are legitimate SIA licence holders. Events and private security companies can check by visiting the SIA’s Register of Licence Holders that’s available to ascertain whether licensees are legitimate