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Breaching 1.30am lockout leads to fine for Sydney hotel

Licensee of the CBD venue Hotel Chambers, Chady Khouzame, has pleaded guilty in the local court to breaching the 1.30am lockout by allowing two patrons into the hotel after 1.30am.

As part of compliance operations, OLGR inspectors visited the hotel in Martin Place on 1 June, 2014 and observed the licensee letting the two women in around 1.40am. At the time Khouzame claimed that the women were employees who worked for the hotel's DJ. When questioned by inspectors, one of the women confirmed that she was a patron and that the DJ was in fact her boyfriend.

Magistrate Keogh rejected Khouzame's counsel's request to not record a conviction, noting that the breach of lockout conditions was of grave concern as it was allowed not by an employee of the hotel but by the licensee himself.

The conviction sees the venue record its first strike under the disciplinary scheme Three Strikes.

Anthony Keon, OLGR Director of Compliance and Enforcement, said that, "Licensed venues in the Sydney CBD and KIngs Cross precincts need to abide by their licence requirements and the special conditions that are in place to reduce alcohol-related violence and other harm or they will face regulatory action."


Source  :  Hospitality Magazine, 31 March 2015