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13 November 2018

Kent Hotel ex-licensee and bar worker found guilty of serving intoxicated patron

The former licensee of the Kent Hotel in Hamilton and a bar worker have been found guilty of selling alcohol to an intoxicated patron.

In Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on 8 November, former licensee Corey Baker and bar worker Nicarla Kebblewhite were found guilty without proceeding to conviction and given 12-month good behaviour bonds.

In evidence presented to the court, on 25 November 2017 two Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors reported seeing a male patron swaying from side to side as he waited to order a drink at the venue’s bar.

He then approached the inspectors, tried to introduce himself and continually spoke close to one of the inspector’s face and ears, asking to shake hands frequently.

He also patted the inspector on the back while pressing his forehead against the inspector’s forehead and holding the back the inspector’s neck.

The man was then seen to order a gin, lime and soda from Ms Kebblewhite, who served him the alcohol.

The inspectors then approached a security guard, identified themselves and asked him to perform an assessment of the patron who was later escorted out of the venue.

Mr Baker and Ms Kebblewhite pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to an intoxicated person. Mr Baker also pleaded guilty to allowing an intoxicated person to remain on the premises.

Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild, said the case demonstrates Liquor & Gaming NSW’s commitment to pursuing licensees who permit intoxication and serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons.

“Such actions can lead to serious alcohol-related harm and jeopardise community safety,” he said.

“Licensees who do not appropriately manage intoxication at their venue can expect to face action.”

Mr Goodchild said Liquor & Gaming NSW will be monitoring venues in Newcastle during the Newcastle 500 event next weekend and will focus on responsible service of alcohol requirements to help ensure patrons can enjoy the event safely.

MEDIA: Eric Aubert 02 9995 0794, 0438 207 294.