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Date for Oceana licence appeal pre-hearing set

Oceana begin their battle to win licence back. 

Sofia Capel
 
Lawyers for Oceana will meet  Kingston Council this month to try to win the nightclub’s licence back.
 
The pre-hearing, which will decide when to list an appeal against the council’s decision to revoke Oceana‚Äôs licence, will take place at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 28. 
 
Oceana had its licence revoked in November 2012 after Jamie Sanderson, 20, was stabbed to death at the venue on October 25. Four people have been charged with his murder and will stand in trial in June.
 
The Clarence Street venue was due to close on December 11 last year, but has stayed open after its owners, Luminar Leisure, made the legal appeal against the decision.
 
Documents belonging to the Metropolitan Police show that during 2012 the nightclub had over 250 cases of theft, eight cases of grievious bodily harm and an alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman.
 
The club does have over 90 CCTV cameras and in October 2012 introduced an ID scanning system. 

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