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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Bankrupt ex-club boss fined after failing to disclose owning goods

The former boss of a Carlisle club has been fined £1,000 after he failed to disclose owning goods worth £35,000.

Steve Mountjoy photo
Steve Mountjoy

Stephen Mountjoy, 56, admitted failing to let authorities know he bought property at Club 35, in Lowther Street, for £34,316, when he declared himself bankrupt in 2010.

District judge Rob Ross, sitting at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle, was told that Mountjoy, of Holme Crescent, had to fill in 35 pages of documentation when he declared himself bankrupt in 2010 to the official receiver.

He did not let them know about the property he bought from Border Food Machinery in November 2009, the court heard.

Martin McAlistair, defending, told the judge that his client recognised he committed the offence without intending to.

“It was a judgement of error not with dishonesty in mind,” he said.

“The club lost money over a number of years, and bills kept coming in. He sought professional advice, and that was to declare himself bankrupt.”

The court heard how Mountjoy, who had since gone through a marriage break-up, was now looking after his ill father.

Club 35, which closed in March last year, later reopened with a new name and new licensees.

Stuart and Rachel Weston took over the premises in Lowther Street and renamed it Club Britannia.

They previously ran the Coach & Horses in Kingstown Road.

Mountjoy was given a prison term of 60 days, suspended for a year, and was given a one-year community order and told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He was fined £1,000 with court costs of £60.

He and his son Mark Mountjoy were prosecuted in 2011 for selling cheap spirits from branded bottles at the city centre venue.

Carlisle magistrates heard that the men sold vodka, gin, and whisky under the brand names Smirnoff, Gordons and Whyte & Mackay.

Mountjoy admitted four charges and Mark Mountjoy three.

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