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Dungiven Bar forced to close.

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A Dungiven bar has been forced to close after the bar’s licensee, Colleen Ann O’Neill and a barman, James Thomas, were convicted of selling alcohol outside of licensing hours at Limavady Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The offences came to the attention of Police on October 6th in 2013 when they received reports of a sudden death at the bar at approximately 06:00. Police arrived at 06:22 to find a number of people still on the premises along with O’Neill, who was drunk, along with two men.

Police seized the receipts of the till and discovered that the last sale had taken place just before 05:00.

O’Neill admitted to being aware that alcohol was being served outside hours and while Thomas admitted to selling alcohol outside hours, he claimed that he had been told to keep serving.

O’Neill was ordered to close the bar for three months and fined £3,000. Thomas was fined £1,000.

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