Dukes Bar in Blenheim has been ordered to close for two days and a manager stripped of her general management certificate for a month after an unconscious man was found in the bar.
In a decision dated August 30 and released to the Express yesterday, the Liquor Licensing Authority suspended the bar's licence for 48 hours from 10am Friday, October 5, to 10am Sunday, October 7. It also suspended the general manager's certificate issued to Dodi Anna Atchison for 20 days from Monday, October 1.
Senior Sergeant Naera Parata, of Blenheim police, asked the authority for the suspensions after police were called to Dukes Bar to deal with an unruly patron about 1am on July 29.
When the police arrived the unruly patron had already left, but they carried out a compliance visit and found an unconscious man who had to be placed in the recovery position while an ambulance was called.
A woman, who was assessed as being extremely drunk, tried to obstruct the police, yelling at them and claiming to be the man's partner, the decision says.
The manager on duty claimed to be unaware of the unconscious man and was judged as not being in proper control of the premises, the decision says.
The respondents, Donatch Ltd for Dukes Bar, and Ms Atchison, who was the manager on duty, did not dispute the grounds for the applications and had agreed to suspension of the on-licence and manager's certificate, the decision says.
Ms Atchison also accepted a recommendation that the district licensing agency will need to refer her renewal application to the authority when her licence expires in June next year, and it should be renewed for a shortened period of 12 months.
- The Marlborough Express