Wharf Guards Limited plead guilty to employing unlicensed guards

30 June 2016


At Cambridge Magistrates Court on 23 June 2016, Wharf Guards Limited director, Richard Kinyanjui, pleaded guilty to providing unlicensed guards between June and August 2015. The operations manager, George Kalmera also pleaded guilty to failing to supply information relating to the investigation.

In August 2015, unannounced visits were made by SIA investigators across three sites. At one site in Cambridge, a man named only then as George was questioned but failed to prove his identity or produce a valid SIA licence, and as a result he was arrested.

The Police were able to identify him as George Kabuthia Boro and found that he had no right to work in the UK and was working illegally. Consequently he was referred to the immigration services at the Home Office.

Enquiries made by the SIA investigators also found that Boro neither held an SIA licence, nor had he previously held one. This amounts to a Section 5 offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001.

Following this compliance inspection, SIA investigators later attempted to conduct interviews with Kinyanjui and Kalemera, on several occasions but both failed to attend.

On another occasion, SIA investigators requested information from the Kalemera, going to his home address to issue the request, but he failed to comply. This is a Section 19 offence under the PSIA (2001).

Wharf Guards Limited as a company, entered a guilty plea for providing unlicensed guards on 3 sites from June to August 2015. This is a Section 5 offence under the PSIA (2001).

Similarly, the director Kinyanjui plead guilty to 3 counts of providing unlicensed guards, a Section 5 offence and as a director he is liable under Section 23 of the PSIA (2001).

Kalemera plead guilty to a Section 19 offence under the PSIA (2001) for failing failed without reasonable excuse to produce any documents and information relating to the provision of security industry services by Wharf Guards Limited.

Sentencing of Wharf Guards Limited, Kinyanjui and Kalemera will take place on 8 September.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • The offences relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) that are mentioned in the above news release are as follows and the Act is available online via legislation.gov.uk:
    1. Section 5 - deploying unlicensed guards
    2. Section 16 - falsely claiming to be a registered approved contractor
    3. Section 23 - consent, connivance or neglect for employing unlicensed guards

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