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Liquor trader fined KES 60,000 for breaching trade license

23 October 2013, 12:36 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A liquor businessman was on Tuesday fined KES 60,000 in default serve a two-month-imprisonment by a Nyeri court for breaching his business license by selling alcohol beyond the recommended time.

Josphat Gathitu was convicted by Chief magistrate Wilbroadah Juma after he admitted to the charges.

The court heard that on October 19, the accused person, who is the proprietor of Happy Times Bar in Nyeri town, was found selling alcoholic drinks to customers after the recommended time of sale. He was operating the business at 12.30am.

He was arrested by Administration Police officers who were in patrol and escorted to Nyeri police station.

The police confiscated two crates of beer which the prosecutor, Catherine Wambua, produced in court as exhibit.

In mitigation, Gathitu informed the court that his customers were having final sips of their drinks but he was not making more sales.

He further said his customers were not in a hurry to leave the pub since it was a long weekend.

He pleaded for leniency claiming that he has been in the alcoholic business for 15 years and has never violated business laws.

However, the magistrate informed him that he should not be carried away by the customers’ will and that his business operations ought to be always guided by law.

The magistrate added that there was a reason for the time regulatory to be put in place and thus it should not be disregarded.

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