Work permit offences alleged

Brick House and related businesses cited

Mario Deon Rankin appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, 18 June, charged with operating a business without a trade and business licence, as well as 32 allegations of employing a person in contravention of a condition of his or her work permit.

The defendant, 38, is specifically charged with operating businesses known as Brick House, Dog House, Brew House and Oar House without the required licence between 1 November, 2012 and 27 December, 2012. All four businesses are located in the Grand Harbour Shopping Centre in Red Bay.

The charges pertaining to individuals on work permits cover the same time frame. The wording of the charges indicates that all of the individuals had work permits, but the offence alleged is employing them in contravention of a condition or limitation of the permit.

Attorney Waide DaCosta appeared for the defendant and received papers from crown prosecutor Michael Snape. It was the first mention of these charges and there was no discussion of them.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats set the matter for mention again on Tuesday, 13 August.


  1. It is quite unbelievable anyone would be that stupid to try and operate that size of business and think that no one would notice or do we have a far greater corruption problem in this country that we think?

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