Booze shop bosses hit with big fines

27 March 2012 in Business and Community safety
Two shop bosses have been fined £3400 for a total of 23 offences of selling alcohol and having booze on the shelves after hours.
Fikri Karakas, 47, of Devonshire Hill Lane, Tottenham, and Selami Kose, 49, of Munster Gardens, Enfield, were sentenced this month at Thames Magistrates’ Court. Karakas was also convicted of having alcohol and tobacco which had not had duty paid on it.

The defendants admitted all offences. Both men’s personal licences to sell alcohol were revoked and both were ordered to pay £15 victim surcharges. The pair persistently flouted licensing laws. Mr Karakas also kept alcohol, tobacco and cigarettes which had been imported without duty being paid on them.

They were snared by test purchasers employed by Newham Council.

Newham Council’s Cllr Unmesh Desai, Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour: “We take crime very seriously in Newham and make no mistake this was a crime. Let this be a warning to other shopkeepers.”