Spirit bottles

Rare court case exemplifies damaging consequences of poor RSA

On 22 June 2013 a regular pub patron showed up intoxicated to a Kangaroo Island hotel. He was subsequently served six serves of spirits and a six-pack of Bundaberg Rum to take away. He left with a blood-alcohol level of 0.292 and died minutes later in a car crash.

On Monday at the sentencing hearing for the first-of-its-kind case in South Australia, the pub and its former bar manager were fined $50,000 for serving liquor to an intoxicated person. The magistrate says the rare case is a stark example of the harm associated with the consumption of liquor.

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