A TAGHMON publican has been fined €400 for having people on his premises after hours.
However, Wexford District Court heard on Monday that Lar Roche, of The Castle Bar, Taghmon, had his brother-inlaw and three others in the pub after closing time 'for security reasons'.
Roche pleaded guilty and Inspector McDonald said that the Gardaí were on patrol in Taghmon when they saw the door of The Castle Bar open at 12.28 a.m. on June 28, 2010. There were a number of people still drinking, and the barman was still behind the bar.
It was then explained to the judge that when Roche came into the bar to explain himself, the Gardaí had moved on to check on other pubs.
If they had still have been there Roche would have explained that his windows had been smashed in March of last year and the guilty party was hanging around outside the pub again that June night.
There was a 30th birthday party going on and the publican's brotherin-law and others were asked to stay behind until after the band had left the premises for security reasons more than anything else'.
Judge O Buachalla handed down the fine but, in the circumstances, said he would not endorse the licence on this occasion.