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Two men fined $4,000 each for selling alcohol in Little India illegally

Published on Jan 29, 2014 5:06 PM
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Yeo Eng Hock (left) and Tan Suan Lee (right) were each fined $4,000 on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014, for selling alcohol illegally in Little India in the aftermath of the Dec 8 riot. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Two men were each fined $4,000 on Wednesday for selling alcohol illegally in Little India in the aftermath of the Dec 8 riot.

The unrest involving about 400 Indian and Bangladeshi workers had resulted in restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the area, but both men contravened them.

In the first case, Tan Suan Lee was found selling beer in his restaurant in Jalan Besar though at 12.50am on Dec 22 by police officers conducting checks. He had no licence to sell alchohol.

The 44-year-old proprietor of Prata City, who had pleaded guilty on Jan 8 to committing the offence, begged for a lenient sentence in court on Wednesday. But Deputy Public Prosecutor Lin Yinbing asked the court to impose a penalty higher than the $1,000 fine imposed in past cases. She said that Tan had been serving alcohol without a licence since opening the restaurant more than a year ago.

 
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