Fishermead landlord pleads guilty to fire safety regulations breach

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The landlord and registered owner of a house where a mother and her young daughter died in a fire in 2010 has pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching fire safety regulations.

Lookman Adeyemi, of Buckfast Avenue, Bletchley, appeared before His Honour Justice Lord Parmoor at Amersham Law Courts this afternoon.

The counts were that he placed people at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire because:

He failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk.

He failed to ensure that, in the event of danger, it was possible for people to evacuate the premises as quickly and as safely as possible.

There were insufficient fire detectors and alarms at the premises.

His plea of not guilty to a fourth count – that there was inadequate emergency lighting in the premises – was accepted.

Mr Adeyemi will be sentenced on March 29. The case against him was brought by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, following a fire at 200 Fishermead Boulevard, Fishermead, on September 5, 2010.

Group Manager Chris Bailey from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “We are very pleased with today’s outcome. We look forward with interest to the judge’s sentencing remarks.

“The judge made it clear to the defendant that he could not rule out a custodial sentence.”

Mr Adeyemi was granted unconditional bail.