Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Mini-mart owner placed on bond after selling alcohol without a license

A 36-year-old, who was arrested last week after she was found selling alcohol without a license and after regulated times from a mini-mart in Arima, was reprimanded and discharged.

Farida West of Orange Flats, Arima, appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael. 

She was charged by Sgt Ken Ali. West plead guilty to the offences and apologized to the courts.

After submissions were made, Raphael reprimanded West and placed her on a bond for six months.

If West commits any other offences within this period, it is possible that she can be brought back before the courts for these incidents.

West was held around 8.00 pm on Thursday in the Orange Flats community, after police officers on mobile patrol observed a group of men gathered by West’s mini-mart.

The officers confronted the men and informed them they were in breach of Public Health Ordinance and asked them to disperse.

The men, on hearing these instructions, complied.

The officer then made their way to the 36-year-old woman, who was nearby and informed her that she was in breach of the law as her business was required to close at 6.00 pm.

They also informed her that she was suspected of selling alcohol without a requisite license.

The officers entered and searched the premises and seized a quantity of alcohol.

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