Dunedin bar slapped with suspension

Carousel will close for 72 hours next month. Photo: ODT
Carousel will close for 72 hours next month. Photo: ODT
A Dunedin inner city lounge-bar is being forced to close for 72 hours next month for repeatedly falling foul of alcohol licensing rules.

Carousel Bar in Stuart St, owner John Devereux and manager Tessa Cooper have been slapped with a suspension after the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) found there had been repeated overcrowding at the premises.

Police alcohol harm prevention officer Sergeant Ian Paulin applied to ARLA to have Mr Devereux's and Ms Cooper's managers certificates suspended because of repeated overcrowding, intoxicated patrons on-site and inadequate food options.

On the night of the Pink concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium in September last year, police found more than 80 people inside the bar, which has an allowed capacity of 50.

A hearing was held in the Dunedin District Court last month and Judge Kevin Kelly released his decision on the matter today.

In his decision Judge Kelly said the authority was satisfied there had been numerous instances of overcrowding at the bar and was concerned about the lack of adequate food  options.

Judge Kelly said it was clear from the repeated overcrowding the bar's policy was ineffective and not taken seriously by staff.

There was no evidence presented by police that proved staff had served any intoxicated patrons.

Carousel's on-licence will be suspended for 72 hours from 8am on June 6 to 8am on June 9, and both managers' certificates will be suspended for 28 days.

Ms Cooper's suspension will start on June 6 and Mr Devereux's will start on July 4.

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