A decision on whether a venue can continue to operate has been delayed, following a fatal stabbing.

Brent Council held a licensing meeting to review The Aura’s license in Harrow Road after a man was stabbed outside the venue on October 30.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, Givani Espuet, 21, died a short time later.

Brent & Kilburn Times: The licensing decision for The Aura has been delayed, a Brent Council spokesperson saidThe licensing decision for The Aura has been delayed, a Brent Council spokesperson said (Image: Street View)

The meeting on Monday (November 28) discussed whether current restrictions in place at The Aura should be modified, whether alcohol should no longer be sold and considered whether suspending or revoking the license.

A spokesperson for Brent Council explained that a decision was not made, and it has been extended to an unset date.


Strict measures have been in place since November 3 after an expedited review by the Met Police, which meant all pre-planned special events were cancelled and security had to be replaced with new staff.

The council banned one person from taking any role in the management of The Aura and the maximum capacity was reduced from 220 people to 120.

The Aura was told it must also close by midnight, enforce a “suitable gender mix” of door staff from 9pm and alcohol can only be sold to customers “having a substantial meal”.

A fixed metal detector is in place at the main entrance.

Documents that were put forward to Brent Council showed councillors relaying complaints from residents alleging antisocial behaviour in the area linked to the venue.

Brent & Kilburn Times: Givani Espuet died after a fatal stabbingGivani Espuet died after a fatal stabbing (Image: Handout)

Licensing police sergeant James Clarke previously said: “It is the opinion of the MPS the venue has failed to promote the licensing objectives.

“The MPS cannot trust the venue to operate lawfully and promote the licensing objectives. The MPS seeks a full revocation of the premises licence.”

While the licensing decision date has been delayed, The Aura is permitted to continue operating.

It is currently advertising events throughout December including one to celebrate the New Year.