Little India shop owner charged with selling liquor without a licence
- POSTED: 08 Jan 2014 15:59
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A liquor shop owner was charged on Wednesday with selling liquor without a valid licence within the proclaimed area at Little India.
SINGAPORE: A liquor shop owner was charged on Wednesday with selling liquor without a valid licence within the proclaimed area at Little India.
Yeo Eng Hock, 59, was charged with selling liquor at Yeo Buan Heng Liquor Shop on December 22 last year at about 12.46am.
The authorities have imposed stricter regulations on alcohol sale and consumption following the Little India riot on December 8 last year.
Under the new regulations for the designated zones, which will last for up to six months, public consumption of alcohol is banned on weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays.
Police officers conducted a check at the liquor shop - located along Chander Road, near Tekka Centre - after they spotted a man walking out of the shop with a can of beer. Investigations revealed that the shop had sold the can of beer to the man during prohibited times.
Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Yeo said his 55-year-old sister was the one who sold the can of beer.
Yeo intends to plead guilty for the charge and does not intend to engage a lawyer.
He could be fined up to S$5,000 for selling liquor without a licence under the Customs Act. The case will be mentioned again on January 15.
Since December 14 last year, 37 individuals have been issued advisories for drinking in public within the proclaimed area during prohibited times. All of them complied with police advice to stop drinking and the alcohol in their possession was seized.