The Exchange licensee pleads guilty to breaching liquor laws

THE licensee of Hamilton’s The Exchange Hotel has been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $2000 in legal costs for serving alcohol to a drunk patron and allowing intoxication. 

In Newcastle Local Court on Thursday, licensee Peter Mazoudier pleaded guilty to three breaches of NSW liquor laws. 

In facts presented to the court, undercover Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors attended The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton, on August 28, 2016.

About 1.25am, one inspector reported being approached by a male patron. The patron had slurred, unintelligible speech and glassy eyes. The man’s breath smelt strongly of liquor and he was swaying uncontrollably and staring intermittently at the ceiling.

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

Sean Goodchild, Liquor & Gaming NSW

Shortly after, the inspectors saw the patron approach the bar and engage in conversation with a female bartender who served him two tumblers of whiskey and Coke.

The patron was then seen drinking from one of the tumblers.

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He was later removed from the hotel after the inspectors approached security guards.

Inspectors also observed a female patron stumbling and unable to stand up without support from another patron, and another male patron stumbling and swaying on the spot.

On Thursday, Mr Mazoudier pleaded guilty to permitting intoxication, selling liquor to an intoxicated person and failing to maintain an incident register.

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.     

Mr Goodchild said the authority would take swift action against those found to be breaching their obligations to patrons and the community.

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

Mr Mazoudier was ordered to pay court costs and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, but did not have a conviction recorded against him.

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