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Branson's Hotel licence holder Les Scott yesterday fought against a suspension of the licence for his St Andrew St bar at a Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority hearing.
The hearing related to two separate nights last year when police say they were verbally abused by drunk patrons.
Mr Scott denies any drunk patrons were served on either night and said the police who came in on one of the nights had no sense of humour.
Alcohol harm prevention officer Sergeant Ian Paulin said police went to the hotel on the night of the All Blacks v Wales test match and later in the year during a private 21st birthday party.
Sgt Paulin said on both nights police encountered abuse from intoxicated patrons and at the 21st birthday party he feared things were about to turn ''ugly'' as he and another officer took an underage patron away.
Police are seeking a 48-hour suspension of Mr Scott's licence over the incidents, which have been taken into account in a Dunedin City Council district licensing committee (DLC) decision to grant a licence renewal for a year rather than the three years Mr Scott was seeking.
Police are also seeking the suspension or cancellation of Simon Deason's manager's certificate as he was working on both of the nights.
Sgt Paulin said on both nights bar staff did not properly intervene to stop patrons from acting in a disorderly manner, and swearing and acting aggressively towards police.
On the second night, a 17-year-old, who was charged with giving false information to police, said he was ''too pissed'' to remember his middle name.
Sgt Paulin also believed Mr Scott attempted to divert police attention away from a man subject to an arrest warrant in an attempt to protect him.
Acting Sergeant Chris Lemon said when he went to the hotel later in the night patrons were again aggressive and made pig noises towards police.
Mr Scott began the hearing by saying he was ''ready to fight the battle'' and went on to say the under-age patron who was taken away from the 21st had jumped a fence into the bar's smoking area and had not been served.
On both nights patrons were behaving well until police arrived and it was not his fault if some people had an ''aversion to authority'' and liked to abuse police after a few drinks.
He also disputed that people were intoxicated at the bar on both nights, apart from a man with a warrant out for his arrest, who tried to trip a police officer on the night of the rugby test.
He contended the man arrived drunk and likely on drugs only minutes before police arrived and they were doing their best to look after him so he did not cause disorder on the streets.
He was not served alcohol.
''It is my opinion that we were doing everything right.''
A man who threw a soft toy at Sgt Paulin was ''just trying to be funny''.
Judge Kelly said the authority would take into account the DLC decision when deciding whether to suspend the licence, as he did not want to ''double penalise'' Mr Scott.
The decision was reserved.