Barry shopkeeper fined over £800 for selling alcohol to underage customer
4:42pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A BARRY shopkeeper has been fined over £800 for selling alcohol to someone under the age of 18.
Ramji Dhanji Kerai , 50, of Pricedown Stores Limited on Skomer Road, pleaded guilty at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 3.
Kerai, the Designated Premises Supervisor of Pricedown Stores at Skomer Road, was prosecuted for offences under the Licensing Act 2003 after he sold alcohol to a 16-year-old Trading Standards volunteer.
Richard Price, prosecuting on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The prosecution transpires from a joint operation between the Vale of Glamorgan Trading Standards team and South Wales Police on January 27 this year.
“A Trading Standards agent entered Pricedown Stores on Skomer Road and picked up four cans of Fosters and took them to the till.
“The shop assistant sold the alcohol to the agent with no attempt to check age or identification.”
He added: “He was interviewed under caution by Vale of Glamorgan officers and admitted on reflection the agent looked approximately 16 years of age.”
The test purchasing exercise was funded through the Safer Vale Partnership.
The court heard that it was Kerai’s first offence of selling alcohol to someone under the age of 18. He was fined £530, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £53 and costs of £270. The total fine of £853 must be paid by October 31.
Principal Trading Standards Officer Christina Roberts-Kinsey said following the court case: “This is yet another example of the excellent partnership working undertaken here in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“We are committed to ensuring alcohol is not sold or supplied to anyone under the age of eighteen”.
Council Leader, Neil Moore, added: “I urge anyone in the community who has concerns about young people accessing alcohol to contact our Trading Standards team on 01446 709105.”