Jalan Besar eatery owner pleads guilty to unlicensed liquor sale

SINGAPORE — The proprietor of a Jalan Besar eatery has pleaded guilty this afternoon (Jan 9) with selling liquor without a licence.

Last Wednesday, Tan Suan Lee was charged in court with the sale on Dec 21 last year at about 9.30pm.

Today, the prosecution has asked for an adjournment for sentencing. The case will be heard again on Jan 29.

The 44-year-old’s eatery — Prata City — is located on the ground floor of a shophouse which is within a zone around Little India where authorities have imposed stricter regulations on alcohol sale and consumption in light of the Little India riot on Dec 8 last year. Under the new regulations for the designated zones which will last for up to six months, public consumption of alcohol is banned on weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays.

He was caught breaking the law during checks by the police.

Tan could be fined up to S$5, 000 for selling liquor without a licence under the Customs Act.

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