Weymouth shop’s plea for licence back is unsuccessful

Weymouth shop’s plea for licence back is unsuccessful

Weymouth shop’s plea for licence back is unsuccessful

First published in News

A BID by a Weymouth store to get its alcohol licence back has failed after a court dismissed an appeal.

The Costcutter store on Portland Road in Wyke Regis had its licence revoked by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in 2013 after it failed to comply with conditions imposed at a previous review.

It came after alcohol and cigarettes were sold to underage persons in separate test purchases conducted by Trading Standards, leading to a caution, then a subsequent fine.

The licence was first reviewed in 2011 and suspended for 28 days so staff could be trained and a new designated premises supervisor appointed.

Owner Ali Marasli transferred the store’s alcohol licence to his daughter Sevilay Marasli and his wife’s nephew Ali Celik.

But in another test purchase in August 2013, a 15-year-old succeeded in buying a bottle of alcohol without being challenged, leading to the licence being revoked.

Mr Celik and Mrs Marasli appealed the decision but neither attended the hearing at Weymouth Magistrates Court.

Owner Mr Marasli did attend and spoke at the hearing, stating he had ‘put his life into the business’ and that the shop’s takings were down. But he could not offer any evidence as to why the council’s licensing committee made the wrong decision to revoke the licence.

The appeal was dismissed as magistrates said they had not been satisfied that the original decision was wrong.

In addition to upholding the removal of the licence, the court ordered Mrs Marasli and Mr Celik to pay £4,000 in court costs.

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