WEST BELFAST BAR MANAGER FINED £400 FOR VODKA MIX SCAM

A WEST Belfast bar manager has been fined £400 over a vodka mixING scam.

Customers believed they wee being served pure Smirnoff Vodka at the West Belfast Sports and Social Club.

In fact bar manager Jim  McIlhatton was mixing it with cheaper Red Square Vodka to dupe customers.

Belfast City Council carried out tests on vodka in December last year and in February of this year.

Mr McIlhatton admitted in court that Smirnoff vodka had been mixed with Red Square vodka.

He was fined £100 for each of the three offences detected.

Mr McIlhatton was also fined £100 for an additional offence of failing to give officers assistance and information to council officers required to carry out their investigation.

He was also ordered to pay £72 in costs.

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