August 2013

Holbrooks doorman hit with £6k bill after being caught working without a licence


A doorman who was caught working in Coventry, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire without a licence has been landed with a huge court bill.

Matthew Corbett, of Gospel Oak Road, Holbrooks, Coventry, was ordered to pay court costs of nearly £6,000 and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work after investigators were tipped off that he wasn’t licensed to work.

The 29-year-old isn’t allowed to hold a licence because in 2009 he was sentenced for downloading more than 2,500 indecent images of children.

He escaped a prison sentence then after a judge decided that it would do him more harm than good. But in 2009 Corbett was still ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years and banned from working with children for ten years.

He has also worked the doors in Nuneaton, Sleaford and Skipton.

The Security Industry Authority’s head of investigation Nathan Salmon said: “This case is a clear example of how, due to previous convictions, an individual would not have passed the rigorous checks carried out by the SIA to work in the private security industry.

“Once the intelligence was received, SIA investigators moved quickly to ensure Mr Corbett worked at no future events. We are pleased that we were able to act on information we received and use our powers under the law to remove this individual from working in a licensable role; demonstrating our ongoing commitment to protecting the public”

Corbett was sentenced on August 14 at Coventry Magistrates Court for working without the correct licence.

As well as having to foot the huge bill for costs he was given a community order and told to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.

In 2009 at Coventry Crown Court Corbett pleaded guilty to five downloading offences, another charge causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and a seventh charge of arranging or facilitating to commit a child sex offence, after making contact with a young girl in an internet chatroom.

In 2009 Corbett admitted downloading a total of 2,627 images and 18 movies between November 1, 2007 and February 15, 2008. The images and movies ranged from level one to level five – with five being the most serious. at the time Corbett was handed a three-year community order, with a mental health treatment requirement, ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years and was disqualified from working with children. for 10 years. He was also banned from having a computer at home with internet access, being in possession of such a computer, or using the internet, apart from, with prior consent, when being used for education or employment