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Thursday 21 August 2014

Pub to close for two days for selling fake Smirnoff

Published 25/02/2014 | 05:42

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The Castle Bar in Taghmon.

THE OWNER of the Castle Bar in Taghmon was fined €2,500 and told the pub must close for two days after custom and excise officers found vodka sold on the premises was not Smirnoff as the label suggested.

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THE OWNER of the Castle Bar in Taghmon was fined €2,500 and told the pub must close for two days after custom and excise officers found vodka sold on the premises was not Smirnoff as the label suggested.

Philip Grace (27), Rochestown, Ballymitty, was charged with the offence on January 8, 2013.

State solicitor Kevin O'Doherty said Grace sold vodka when no custom and excise duty had been paid on it.

'It was bottled and marked Smirnoff, but when it was examined it was discovered that it wasn't genuine,' Mr O'Doherty said.

He said Customs officers noted a slight discrepancy on the label of the bottle of vodka, adding that when questioned Mr Grace said he bought three bottles of 'Smirnoff' from an individual for a cheaper rate.

Mr O'Doherty said Grace cooperated fully, adding that a mandatory closure of the premises must follow.

Defending solicitor Tim Cummings said his client is fully aware of the implications of his actions.

He said Grace opened the premise in October 2012 'and by his own admissions he cut some corners'.

He said his client is currently leasing the pub and is on a back-to-work scheme.

'He understands he must close his premises,' Mr Cummings added.

Judge Gerard Haughton took into account Grace's plea and his co-operation with officials and fined him €2,500 before ordering the closure of the premises for two days. He indicated that this may happen in early March.

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