23 Nov Stratford security bosses sentenced for supplying unlicensed guards
Yesterday (Thursday 22 November), Martin Makesa the 49 year old director of London Guard Security Limited, and Emily Kamau from Stratford and a former company director, were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
They were found guilty of providing unlicensed security guards – an offence under the Private Security Industry Act (2001).
Makesa and Kamau received a sentence of three months’ imprisonment (suspended for 18 months) and required to do 80 hours’ unpaid work.
They were ordered to pay £2,000 each and they were disqualified from holding company directorships for five years. They are required to pay a victim surcharge of £115 each.
The company, London Guard Security Limited, was ordered to pay £12,134 and it has 12 months to make the payment. This follows the prosecution of Makesa and Kamau by the private security industry regulator, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and they were found guilty on Friday 26 October following a two-week trial. Full costs were awarded by the court to the SIA.
An SIA investigation began because Makesa’s business, London Guard Security Ltd, was sub-contracted to provide SIA licensed security guards by Crystal Security Services Ltd at the redevelopment site of Upton Park the former home of West Ham United.
Emily Kamau was a manager of London Guard Security at the time. Crystal had a contract with Barratt Homes (London), the developers of the site, to provide security while filming was taking place at the site.