Letter: Liquor outlet questions

Last updated 08:07 10/07/2014

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OPINION: After reading this heart- wrenching article featured on the front page (Taranaki Daily News, July 5) I am left wondering why the ''liquor outlet'' that Hogan Bolton had been drinking at until late afternoon has not been made accountable for the death of Carmen Rogers.

Judge Allan Roberts is quoted as saying: ''Bolton had caused the death of Carmen Rogers when grossly exceeding the allowable alcohol limit. He had chosen to drive after drinking at a liquor outlet until the late afternoon.''

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I am of the understanding that it is against the law for a liquor licensee or his or her staff to sell alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated, or to allow a person to become intoxicated. There are heavy penalties for these offences.

I decided to look up Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which clearly states: ''248 Sale or supply of alcohol to intoxicated people:

(1) The licensee or a manager of any licensed premises who sells or supplies alcohol to an intoxicated person commits an offence.

(2) A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable on conviction,-

(a) in the case of a licensee, to either or both of the following:

(i) a fine of not more than $10,000:

(ii) the suspension of the licensee's licence for a period of not more than 7 days:

(b) in the case of a manager, a fine of not more than $10,000.

(3) A person who is not a licensee or manager of licensed premises and who sells or supplies alcohol to an intoxicated person commits an offence.

(4) A person who commits an offence against subsection (3) is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than $2,000.

(5) Subsection (3) applies irrespective of any liability that may attach to the licensee or any manager in respect of the same offence.''

We all know that someone who is highly intoxicated is not in their right mind or able to function properly.

For Bolton to have killed Carmen in this way and not even realised that he'd hit her with his vehicle, let alone killed her, he must have been very highly intoxicated indeed.

I know we are all responsible for the choices we make but alcohol grossly gets in the way of this and usually has an adverse outcome - in this case, the death of Carmen and families torn apart.

I strongly believe the ''liquor outlet'' who served Hogan Bolton his final incapacitating drinks should be brought to justice and made an example of.

WENDY WOOD

Stratford

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