A DYSERTH man who said he had “zero tolerance” for drink-drivers after his daughter was killed six years ago should not be allowed to run a village pub, councillors have ruled.
Members of Denbighshire’s licensing sub-committee said last Wednesday that they had no confidence in Derek Coulton who has been the delegated supervisor of the Bodunig pub in Dyserth High Street since 2010.
After hearing about a spate of violent incidents and complaints of rowdyism over the past 12 months the councillors decided that he should be removed from the job.
North Wales Police had called for the pub’s licence to be revoked.
Members were told attention was first drawn to the pub in January, 2013, when a video appeared on Facebook of a customer downing 12 “shots” of Jagermeister in 46 seconds in a drinking challenge while Mr Coulton looked on.
Other incidents involved a “glassing” which led to a man receiving 17 stitches to his face, a man hurling a stool at a woman after being refused a drink, evidence of cocaine taken in both the men’s and ladies’ toilets, and “inappropriate sexual conduct” by Mr Coulton and a drunken woman customer after the pub had closed.
Sergeant Paul Williams, the Force’s licensing officer, told the sub-committee that they had no confidence in the management.
Mr Coulton admitted having allowed the drinking challenge to take place “in his naivety” and said he had barred three people for various reasons which showed he had a responsible attitude.
He submitted a 220-signature petition and seven individual letters supporting his efforts to run the pub.
Mr Coulton said he had reported three customers for drink-driving and was opposed to the use of drugs.
He said six years ago his daughter Amanda, 29, was killed by a drink-driver on the Rhuddlan – Abergele road.
Daniel Storey, from Rhuddlan, was jailed for eight years after being convicted of driving whilst disqualified and drink-driving.
“I do everything I can to prevent drink and drug-driving. I will not tolerate it,” he said.
“People have lost their jobs through drink-driving after I have reported them. I am sorry but that is not my fault.”
Announcing the members’ decision, council solicitor Alison Lessels said they had no confidence in Mr Coulton as designated supervisor as he had reacted to incidents instead of being pro-active.
He had had ample opportunities to improve the situation but had not proposed any changes in the way the premises were being run.
Mr Coulton has 21 days to appeal against the decision.