Bar owner pleads guilty to breach

01:20, Jan 18 2014
Bertie Burleigh stand
Peggy Gordon's owner Bertie Burleigh

A New Plymouth bar owner has pleaded guilty to illegally altering a building without a consent.

Bertie Bennett Burleigh pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to a breach of section 40 of the Building Act.

The alterations were carried out in the levels above Burleigh's bar, Peggy Gordon's, at 58 Egmont St.

The illegal alterations do not involve the bar.

Burleigh pleaded not guilty to a second charge under 116B of the Building Act in that he allegedly permitted the use of a building that has inadequate means of escape from fire on the same upper levels of the building.

He was given interim name suppression but this lapsed yesterday. Burleigh was remanded to March 11 for sentence for what are fines-only offences.

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