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Prosecutions 2018-2019

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This page summarises the results of prosecutions for the 2018-2019 financial year. 

Monday 5 August 2019 - 9S Food Co Pty Ltd

This prosecution relates to the restaurant owned and operated by 9S Food Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 621 242 779) (the Defendant), trading as “9S Food, We Are Nice”, situated at 308 Sturt Street, Ballarat (the Premises). 

On 23 June 2018, VCGLR Inspectors attended the Premises and observed liquor sold and exposed for sale by the Defendant. At this time, the Defendant held a BYO Permit but did not hold a liquor licence permitting the sale of liquor. 

On 5 August 2019 in the Ballarat Magistrates' Court, the Defendant pleaded guilty to one charge of unlicensed sale of liquor, contrary to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

The Magistrate ordered the accused to pay a fine of $500 and the VCGLR's costs of $284.40.

Thursday 11 July - Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd and individual prosecution

On 12 May 2018, VCGLR Inspectors attended a premises located at 2/71 Wicklow Avenue, Croydon trading as Envy Cocktail Lounge and observed liquor being sold and offered for sale by Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd the director of that company.  At no time did Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd or its director hold a liquor licence permitting the sale of liquor or the display of liquor for sale. 

The prosecution alleged that the Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd, operating as a  cocktail bar, sold and offered liquor for sale while unlicensed, between 5 August 2017 and 12 May 2018. Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd was charged for selling liquor contrary to s.107 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the LCR Act) and offering liquor for sale contrary to s.107 of the LCR Act. 

The director of Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd was charged with selling liquor on 12 May 2018 while unlicensed, contrary to s.107 of the LCR Act.

A hearing took place on 11 July 2019 at the Ringwood Magistrates' Court which neither defendant attended. The VCGLR made application to the Magistrate to determine each matter in the absence of the defendants. 

The Magistrate ordered that the Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd be convicted of the unlicensed sale and offer of liquor, that they pay a fine of $2,500.00, the VCGLR’s costs of $100.00 and statutory costs of $127.40.

The Magistrate also ordered that the director of Envy Cocktails Pty Ltd be convicted of the unlicensed sale of liquor, that he pay a fine of $3,500.00, the VCGLR’s costs of $100.00 and statutory costs of $84.40.
 
The penalty is on the higher end of those imposed by the Magistrates’ Court in recent times for an LCR Act offence. It demonstrates the importance of ensuring that a premises is licensed prior to the commencement of trading or taking a business.

Thursday 27 June - Individual prosecution

On 27 June 2019, the accused pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to selling liquor (on two separate dates) at a restaurant and cafe when not the holder of a liquor licence contrary to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act), and falsely indicating the venue as licensed premises contrary to section 116(a) of the Act.

In handing down a sentence, the magistrate ordered the accused to pay an aggregate fine of $2,000, without conviction, and ordered the accused to pay the VCGLR's costs of $500.

Thursday 6 June – Kelyon Pty Ltd

On 6 June 2019, the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court found Kelyon Pty Ltd guilty of, between 21 July 2017 and 8 May 2018, offering liquor for sale while not a licensee, contrary to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

In her sentencing remarks, the Magistrate noted that the accused pled guilty. The Magistrate ordered the accused to pay $1000 to the court fund and adjourned the matter on good behaviour for 12 months without conviction.

Thursday 7 February - Registered Bookmaker

On 7 February 2019, the Dandenong Magistrates' Court found a registered bookmaker (the ‘Bookmaker’) guilty of allowing a minor to gamble, contrary to section 10.7.3(3) of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the ‘GR Act’).

In sentencing the Bookmaker, the Magistrate noted that the Bookmaker needed to put systems in place to ensure that his employees requested evidence of age from persons appearing to be minors who attempt to place a bet with the Bookmaker.

The Magistrate adjourned the matter on good behaviour for 12 months, without conviction, and ordered the Bookmaker to pay the VCGLR's costs of $324.30.

Monday 26 November - Regal Court Pty Ltd

On 22 September 2017, VCGLR Inspectors attended the Union Hotel, located at 90 Chapel Street in Windsor and detected a breach of the licence condition which required the licensee to maintain a surveillance recoding system able to clearly identify individuals, and provide continuous images of all entrances and exits, bars and entertainment/dance floor areas when live or recorded amplified music other than background music was provided.

The VCGLR alleged that the licensee had supplied liquor not in accordance with its licence contrary to section 108(1)(a)(i) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, as Inspectors. 

At the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 26 November 2018, the licensee entered a plea of guilty. The Judicial Registrar imposed a fine against the accused in the sum of $600, without conviction, and ordered the accused to pay the VCGLR’s costs in the sum of $300.
 

Wednesday 22 August – Taco 2016 Pty Ltd

On 21 May 2017 VCGLR Inspectors conducted an inspection at the premises known as Taco Bill at the corner of Corio Street and O’Connell Place, Geelong. The proprietor of the business, Taco 2016 Pty Ltd, was observed selling and offering for sale liquor at the premises whilst not being the holder of a liquor licence, contrary to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act.

On 22 August 2018, Taco 2016 Pty Ltd accepted responsibility for this offence at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to enter a Diversion Plan subject to the following conditions:

  •   donate $500.00 to the Cancer Council Victoria by 19 September 2018;
  •  complete a VCGLR approved ‘Licensees’ First Steps Course’ within 28 days, and a VCGLR approved ‘Advanced RSA Course’, within 3 months of the date of the Diversion Order and provide evidence of completion to the VCGLR within 28 days of completion of both courses; and
  •  pay $200 to the VCGLR for all costs of, and incidental to, this proceeding within 28 days of the Diversion Order.
Sunday 12 August - Geelong Waterfront Seafood & Grill Restaurant Pty Ltd

On 12 August 2017 and 17 May 2018, VCGLR Inspectors attended the premises known as Bay View Bar & Grill in Geelong, operated by Geelong Waterfront Seafood & Grill Restaurant Pty. Ltd. (the Defendant).

On both occasions, VCGLR Inspectors observed liquor sold and offered for sale while the Defendant was not the holder of a valid liquor licence. 

The matter was heard at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 28 August 2018. The Defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of the unlicensed sale of liquor in contravention of Section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. The Magistrate ordered that the Defendant pay a fine of $2,500.00, without conviction, and ordered the Defendant pay statutory costs of $124.30 and the VCGLR’s costs of $300.00.
 

Friday 10 August – Ninja Teppanyaki Pty Ltd

On 10 August 2017, VCGLR Inspectors conducted an inspection at Shop 201T, 220 Spencer Street where the company Ninja Teppanyaki Pty Ltd was trading as a restaurant and was selling liquor without a licence, contrary to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

On 9 August 2018, Ninja Teppanyaki Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to one count of unlicensed sale of liquor at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and was fined $500 without conviction and was ordered to pay the VCGLR’s costs of $382.40

Monday 16 July – Cann River Licensed Grocery Store

On 16 July 2017, VCGLR Inspectors attended the premises known as Cann River Licensed Grocery Store operated by Maddhus Pty Ltd (the Defendant) located at 14 Princes Highway, Cann River 3889 (the Premises) where VCGLR Inspectors observed liquor being sold and offered for sale while the Defendant was not the holder of a liquor licence.

A hearing took place on 18 October 2018 at Orbost Magistrates’ Court which the Defendant did not attend. The VCGLR made application to the Magistrate to determine the matter in the absence of the Defendant. The Magistrate ordered that the Defendant be convicted of the unlicensed sale of liquor pursuant to section 107(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. The Magistrate further ordered that the Defendant pay a fine of $4,000, the VCGLR’s costs of $865, plus statutory costs.

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