Liquor Board warns Peppers

The Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman has warned a nightclub that any further serious violent incidents there in the next three months will result in suspension of its Music and Dancing Licence.

The Board met last Thursday with Peppers Lounge licensee Lloyd Samson and management of the club in relation to recent incidents that have taken place there, specifically the latest stabbing on 8 November last. The incident involved two people receiving stab wounds in an altercation that started inside the club.

Peppers Nightclub is already on probation, meaning that the Liquor Licensing Board is keeping a close eye on its operations.

Secretary of the Board Ms Marva Scott explained that following discussions, it was recommended by the Board that the club change its management within the next three months.

It was also recommended that security at the premises be enhanced with a concentration on the use of security wands when checking female patrons entering the club.

Another requirement from the Board is that repeat offenders or troublemakers who frequent the club be legally banned from the premises, including the parking lot.

The club’s licensee and management were advised that reports of any further incidents such as stabbing, shooting, assaults resulting in grievous body harm or fights with weapons involved within the upcoming three month period will result in the immediate suspension of the club’s Music and Dancing License without further notice.

Licensee Lloyd Samson told the Caymanian Compass, ‘This is a social problem and it’s unfair to single out any establishment.’

But he said he is bound to comply with the Board’s recommendations.

He said he does take on board the public safety aspect. Referring to previous violent incidents at the club, he said, ‘At one stage I closed the club voluntarily myself when I felt things were getting out of hand.’

He also said he needs more cooperation from the police.

Peppers’ probation is up for review Thursday, 11 December, at the quarterly session of the Liquor Licensing Board, which takes place at Customs Headquarters.

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