Shop fined for selling booze to 15-year-old

�1,515 bill for business

A HOMERTON shop has been fined �1,515 after selling alcohol to a 15-year-old police cadet.

STS Food Centre Limited in Homerton High Street was found guilty of selling an alcoholic drink to the teenager during a council trading standards test purchase operation on September 26, 2009.

The business was fined �500, and ordered to pay �1000 court costs and a �15 victim surcharge at Thames Magistrates Court on Thursday (December 9).

The police cadet successfully bought a WKD Blue drink from sales assistant, Oktay Kilicarslam, of Buxhall Crescent, Homerton who pleaded guilty to the offence earlier this year.

He was ordered to pay a fine of �100, court costs of �300 and a victim surcharge of �15.

His employers, STS Food Centre Limited, pleaded not guilty and subsequently faced trial.

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Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: “Selling alcohol to children is illegal, dangerous, and irresponsible.

“The council will continue to work in partnership with the police to take action against traders who do not take their responsibilities seriously.”