Dunedin nightclub in trouble over drunk patron

Andre Shi
Andre Shi

A Dunedin nightclub is being forced to shut its doors for 48 hours this weekend after police found an intoxicated club-goer inside earlier this year.

Catacombs nightclub 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 known as Andre) has also has had his managers certificate suspended for 28 days from June 1 until June 28.

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

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

It was asked the suspension of the on-licence be deferred until January 2020 but in his decision Judge Kevin Kelly said there were no compelling reasons to defer the suspension until next year.


48 hours is a weak punishment should be a week or a month then they will take it seriously- which would result in people getting kicked out of bars for not acting well and knowing they must behave. This will in-turn put bar staff on edge and make people behave otherwise they are out of a job for a week or month with nil pay - simple really otherwise the problem will never get sorted..

Having an intoxicated person on the premises should not be illegal . Serving them should be . Having worked in the industry for almost 20 years I found most to be well behaved . If they are causing trouble then evict them . At least when they are still there there is at least some supervision and control and usually they are with friends. When they are removed you then have a bored drunk person wandering the streets , most likely unable to get in anywhere else , and while most will go home some will end up in trouble as there is nothing worse than a bored drunk especially if the meet another. While they are wandering they get more and more annoyed the more they get rejected and you then have turned a happy amicable drunk into an angry one and thus a self fulfilling prophecy.

Hec So the idea is people go to hotels or clubs drink for some hours and not become drunk / its no wonder I am leaving new Zealand /

Funny outfit. They make a living from the purveyance of intoxicant and someone gets intoxicated.

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