Public Prosecution Service v Charles Joseph McGowan and John Patrick McGowan

JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
JudgeKerr LCJ
Judgment Date03 March 2008
Neutral Citation[2008] NICA 13
Year2008
CourtCourt of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
Date03 March 2008
1
Neutral Citation no. [2008] NICA 13 Ref:
KER7112
Judgment: approved by the Court for handing down Delivered:
03.03.08
(subject to editorial corrections)*
IN HER MAJESTY’S COURT OF APPEAL IN NORTHERN IRELAND
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APPEAL BY WAY OF CASE STATED UNDER THE MAGISTRATES
COURTS (NORTHERN IRELAND) ORDER1981
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BETWEEN:
PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICE
Complainant/Respondent;
-and-
CHARLES JOSEPH MCGOWAN AND JOHN PATRICK MCGOWAN
Defendants/Appellants.
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Before Kerr LCJ, Higgins LJ and Girvan LJ
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KERR LCJ
Introduction
[1] This is an appeal by way of case stated from a decision of Mr Noel Dunlop,
a deputy resident magistrate, sitting at Strabane Magistrates’ Court on 23
February 2007 whereby he found both appellants guilty of offences under the
Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. The offences related to the sale or
the permitting of consumption of intoxicating liquor at licensed premises
known as the Farmer’s Home in Strabane on 12 July 2006. At that time,
Charles Joseph McGowan was the licensee of the premises. The prosecution
case in relation to one of the offences was based on a till roll which the police
had seized from the premises. It purported to show that sale of alcohol had
taken place at 1.40am on 12 July, forty minutes after the time that intoxicating
liquor could be lawfully sold. The magistrate suspended the liquor licence on
foot of the conviction of Charles Joseph McGowan, notwithstanding the fact
that the licence had been transferred to a third party prior to the convictions.

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