Criterion's licence suspended

Alexandra's Criterion Club Hotel's liquor licence has been suspended for 48 hours and general managers Corranne and Tony Flannery have had their managers' certificates suspended.

A decision released yesterday by the Liquor Licensing Authority said the hotel's on-licence liquor licence would be suspended from 7am on Saturday, August 27. Mrs Flannery's general manager's certificate would be suspended for four weeks from September 5 and Mr Flannery's would be suspended for three weeks from October 3.

The suspensions come after the authority, chaired by Judge John Hole, found the couple had breached three sections of the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 by "permitting minors to be in a supervised or restricted area and allowing intoxicated persons to be or to remain in the licensed premises" and by the "sale of liquor to a person under 18 years of age".

On September 11 last year, police found a 16-year-old-girl and two intoxicated patrons in the bar. Mrs Flannery was the duty manager.

It was also found, after police conducted a controlled purchase operation on May 11 this year, that liquor was sold to a person under the age of 18 while Mr Flannery was duty manager.

The authority said Mr and Mrs Flannery did not dispute the claims and agreed to the suspension of the on-licence and the managers' certificates.

Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, and Senior Constable Gordy Pay, of Alexandra, applied to the authority for the suspension of on and off-licences and the two general managers certificates.

Police later withdrew the application to suspend the off-licence.


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