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Takeaway couple handed prison sentences

Tuesday July 26 2016


The couple ignored improvement notices served by Barnsley Council Regulatory Service The couple ignored improvement notices served by Barnsley Council Regulatory Service


A HUSBAND and wife have been handed prison sentences for having dangerous electrical and gas systems in their Barnsley takeaway. 

Owner of Signori’s Pizza, Ashraf Khoob-Bakht, and the manager, Masoud Atyabi, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with improvement notices served by Barnsley Council Regulatory Services, and having unsafe electrical and gas systems.

The case was referred to the crown courts because of the seriousness of the offences and the lack of financial means of the couple. 

At sentencing last Friday (July 22) Masoud Atyabi received four months custody, whilst Ashraf Khoob-Bakht received four months custody suspended for 12 months.

Both had to pay a £80 victim surcharge but no prosecution costs as they have no money.

Coun Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “By ignoring essential health and safety requirements or cutting back on essential maintenance, managers of businesses are putting people’s lives at unnecessary risk and they rightly face a heavy punishment when they are caught.”