A swingers club complete with a dungeon and stocks has been closed down after safety inspectors claimed it was a deathtrap
Vivente club in SUnderland was closed down in a ruling that claimed lives of customers were placed in danger.
The owner was taken to court and admitted five breaches of fire safety regulations.
The court heard the club used candles for lighting effect, while walls were coated with a flammable plastic material and escape routes contained combustible objects.
Vivente, which boasted on its website that it was equipped with stocks, sex-swing and plenty of implements to inflict pain, could accommodate as many as 60 punters and had a dungeon. The club had been operating for around 12 months.
Prosecutor David Claxton said the physical restraints, including stocks, would, self-evidently, increase the risk to life in the event of a fire.
Sentencing, Judge Timothy Gittins accepted High's claims that breaches were committed out of naivety. He handed down a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.