Another Little India liquor shop owner allegedly flouted alcohol sales ban

The police are taking to task the owner of yet another Little India liquor shop, which allegedly sold alcohol after restricted hours. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The police are taking to task the owner of yet another Little India liquor shop, which allegedly sold alcohol after restricted hours. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The police are taking to task the owner of yet another Little India liquor shop, which allegedly sold alcohol after restricted hours.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the police, without naming the shop or its proprietor, said it will be charging the 59-year-old proprietor on Wednesday for selling intoxicating liquors without a valid licence under Section 71(1) of the Customs Act, Cap 70, which carries a maximum punishment of a $5,000 fine.

In a Dec 25, 2013, report, The Straits Times had identified the store as Yeo Buan Heng Liquor Shop. The shop's manager, Madam Irene Yeo, 58, had said she relented after a man knocked on her door pleading for a can of ABC stout, in what she called a "careless" and "very stupid" mistake.

The family business, which is licensed under her brother, Mr David Yeo, 59, was allowed to sell alcohol on a takeaway basis between 6am and 8pm on weekends, public holidays and eves of public holidays - restrictions imposed after the Little India riot.

The buyer would later finger the shop when confronted by the police at 12.46am on Dec 22 last year, after they spotted the man walking out of the shop with a can of beer.

The police has said in an earlier statement that the shop's liquor licence will be suspended until the case is over.

Since Dec 14, 2013, 37 people have been issued advisories for drinking in public within the proclaimed area during prohibited hours. All of them had complied with police orders to stop drinking, and had the alcohol in their possession seized.

The police said on Tuesday that it will continue heightened patrols in Little India to enforce the ban on alcohol consumption, and licensing restrictions on alcohol sales. These measures are expected to be in place, at least until the Committee of Inquiry formed to look into the riot makes its recommendations.

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