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Kangaroo Island Illegal Booze Haul


A Kangaroo Island man could receive a $20,000 fine for selling booze without a licence.

Police have seized about 800 litres of home-made alcohol from the 64-year-old’s property after receiving a tip-off via Crime Stoppers.

The man will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date and the alcohol has been seized pending the outcome of any court action.

The officer in charge of LEB, Chief Inspector Greg Hutchins, said there are laws in Australia restricting the manufacture, supply, sale, promotion and consumption of alcohol.

It is illegal to use a still (of any capacity) to distil alcohol, for example spirits, without an excise manufacturer licence.

Chief Inspector Hutchins said in addition to legal issues, the manufacture of alcohol in uncontrolled circumstances can have serious health consequences.

Image of the KI booze haul supplied by SAPOL