Student claims pub landlord let her smoke

n A SMOKER fined £50 for lighting up in a pub when it is against the law claimed the “landlord allowed her” to, a court heard.

Natasha Fowler, of Crossdale Road, Breightmet, admitted smoking in the Nelson Hotel in Chorley Old Road, on May 12, 2012.

Prosecutor Andrew Morris told Bolton Magistrates Court that Bolton Council officers were carrying out routine licensing visit in the pub when one of the officers noticed the smell of smoke, particularly in the pool room area.

He said: “After the inspection they walked around inside the building and saw the defendant with a lit cigarette in her hand with about a centimetre of ash at the end. Fowler said she hadn’t realised she had lit the cigarette.”

Fowler gave her name and address to the officers but it was her cousin’s address, where she was living but no longer lives there so did not receive the fixed penalty address.

Fowler, an accountancy student, who appeared at court on Wednesday without representation, said: “I knew it was wrong but we were allowed by the landlord. I did know it was wrong, but I was drunk as well.”

Chairman of the bench Michael Smethurst, sentencing, said: “We have taken into consideration your guilty plea and that you knew it was wrong. You knew you shouldn’t do it. You will pay £50 costs, £150 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.”

Fowler offered to pay the costs at £20 a month, but magistrates asked her to pay £30 due to spending £20 a week on cigarettes and alcohol.

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9:06am Fri 1 Feb 13

steveG says...

She sounds a right snitch.
She sounds a right snitch. steveG

12:43pm Fri 1 Feb 13

William2701 says...

Offered to pay at £20 a month but spends £20 a week on cigarettes and alcohol.

The magistrates should have oredered her to pay at £20 per week,
Offered to pay at £20 a month but spends £20 a week on cigarettes and alcohol. The magistrates should have oredered her to pay at £20 per week, William2701

2:30pm Fri 1 Feb 13

yonmons says...

Accountancy student how stupid can these kids get, if she had taken the fixed penalty she would have been fine, but now she has a criminal record for lighting a fag, will look good on a CRB check when she applies for accountancy job.
No sympathy TBH, but find it strange the "council enforcers" were visiting happen they were acting on a tip off !
Accountancy student how stupid can these kids get, if she had taken the fixed penalty she would have been fine, but now she has a criminal record for lighting a fag, will look good on a CRB check when she applies for accountancy job. No sympathy TBH, but find it strange the "council enforcers" were visiting happen they were acting on a tip off ! yonmons

2:30pm Fri 1 Feb 13

yonmons says...

Accountancy student how stupid can these kids get, if she had taken the fixed penalty she would have been fine, but now she has a criminal record for lighting a fag, will look good on a CRB check when she applies for accountancy job.
No sympathy TBH, but find it strange the "council enforcers" were visiting happen they were acting on a tip off !
Accountancy student how stupid can these kids get, if she had taken the fixed penalty she would have been fine, but now she has a criminal record for lighting a fag, will look good on a CRB check when she applies for accountancy job. No sympathy TBH, but find it strange the "council enforcers" were visiting happen they were acting on a tip off ! yonmons

6:02pm Fri 1 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Natasha will make agood accountant,if he can juggle her money to be able to get drunk and smoke whilst still a stupid, sorry I meant a student she should go far in her chosen career,good luck Tasha.
Natasha will make agood accountant,if he can juggle her money to be able to get drunk and smoke whilst still a stupid, sorry I meant a student she should go far in her chosen career,good luck Tasha. boltonnut

2:26am Mon 4 Feb 13

wsw69 says...

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Quote:- Fowler offered to pay the costs at £20 a month, but magistrates asked her to pay £30 due to spending £20 a week on cigarettes and alcohol.
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Magistrates ASKED? Magistrates should have TOLD her what she would be paying.

What a thick woman! Priorities are all wrong. She can afford to swill and smoke at the rate of £80 a month, then she'd be paying £80 a month, and no questions.

And with a criminal record she hasn't any chance with a career in accountancy. A sign of today's society full of thick people. She's got what she deserved.
******************** ******************** ******************** ****************** Quote:- Fowler offered to pay the costs at £20 a month, but magistrates asked her to pay £30 due to spending £20 a week on cigarettes and alcohol. ******************** ******************** ******************** ****************** Magistrates ASKED? Magistrates should have TOLD her what she would be paying. What a thick woman! Priorities are all wrong. She can afford to swill and smoke at the rate of £80 a month, then she'd be paying £80 a month, and no questions. And with a criminal record she hasn't any chance with a career in accountancy. A sign of today's society full of thick people. She's got what she deserved. wsw69

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