The RCIPS is warning liquor license holders to make sure they stick to licensing hours after one establishment was found to be selling alcohol after closing time last Saturday.
Officers from the Uniformed Support Group attended the establishment at around 1am and found approximately 15 people drinking within the premises. All were warned for prosecution for consuming liquor on licensed premises after hours. One bartender and the bar manager were also warned for prosecution for selling liquor after the permitted hour.
The RCIPS would like to advise people of the following laws and provisions:
• Under the liquor licensing law 2000 revision, it is an offence for anyone to enter or remain in any bar during prohibited hours. It is also an offence for a licensee or his/her staff to aide and abet anyone to enter or remain in a licensed premises during prohibited hours. It is also an offence for a licensee or his/her staff to dispose of intoxicating liquor to any persons during prohibited hours.
• Whoever is guilty of an offence under the licensing law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000 and a term of imprisonment of one-year and on a second or subsequent conviction to a fine of $2,000 and a term of imprisonment of two-years.
• It is the duty of every licensee to procure the compliance of his servants, agents and other persons under his control with this law and where such person is guilty of an offence against this law the licensee shall be equally guilty whether the licensee was or was not present at the time of the act or omission constituting such offence.
‘The RCIPS takes breaches of the liquor licensing laws very seriously and officers will be on patrol after hours looking for establishments breaking the rules,’ said Chief Inspector George Watson, who represents the RCIPS on the licensing board.
Any bar/club found to be entertaining patrons after closing time will be prosecuted.’
Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Mitchell Welds added: ‘The Board fully supports the RCIPS in their enforcement efforts to terminate the sale of alcohol after-hours. It should not be tolerated.’
Any licensee who is unsure of the liquor licensing laws or their responsibilities should contact the liquor licensing board on 946-5446 Extension. 5.