Club shut 48 hours as penalty

A Dunedin nightclub will have to shut for 48 hours this weekend after allowing a patron to become intoxicated earlier this year.

Catacombs in the Octagon will be closed from 5pm on Saturday to 5pm on Monday after police found an intoxicated patron on site during a compliance check in February.

Owner Xiang Shi also had his manager's certificate suspended for 28 days from June 1 to 28.

In his application to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, Sergeant Ian Paulin, of Dunedin, said the duty manager at the time of the check agreed the patron had been allowed to become intoxicated.

Mr Shi did not dispute Sgt Paulin's applications and agreed to a suspension of the on-licence and his manager's certificate.

Judge Kevin Kelly was asked to defer the suspension of the nightclub's licence until January 2020 but in his decision said there were no compelling reasons to allow the suspension to take place next year.

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