Country pub prosecuted for RSA breach…….

A COUNTRY pub is being prosecuted for serving a seriously intoxicated man who later crashed into a tree and died with a blood-alcohol level almost six times the legal limit.

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind involving an ensuing fatal crash, the Penneshaw Hotel, manager Trevor Roy Jaggard, duty manager Richard Mark Purvis, and employee Dean Ian Carey have been charged with multiple counts of selling or supplying liquor to an intoxicated person over the incident.

Kangaroo Island resident and experienced shearer Anthony “Affy” Read, who later returned a blood alcohol reading of .292, died when the ute he was driving left the road and hit a tree after he had been drinking at the Penneshaw Hotel on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

The Christies Beach Magistrates Court heard Carey had sold Mr Read, 55, with a six-pack of Bundaberg Rum from the hotel’s drive-through after he had consumed 22 drinks in its bar and before he began his 30km journey home.

Mr Read, however, only made it 6km before the fatal crash on Hog Bay Rd at Kangaroo Head.

Carey, 35, of Penneshaw, on Thursday pleaded guilty to three counts of selling or supplying liquor on a licensed premise to an intoxicated person — an offence which carries a maximum fine of $20,000.

Jaggard, 70, and Purvis, 52, both of Penneshaw, are yet to plead.

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