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Popular gay bar in Brisbane with a history of cockroach pests, the Sportsman Hotel, has (again) been found guilty of eight counts of food safety breaches

A gay bar with a history of cockroach infection gets a $ 20,000 fine after RAT FAECES is found in the kitchen

  • A popular gay bar in Brisbane has been fined $ 20,000 for a rat plague
  • The Sportsman Bar was found to have a rat infection by the Brisbane City Council
  • The location has a history of cockroach contamination from 2005, 2008 and 2013
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A popular gay bar in Brisbane with a history of cockroach pests has again been found guilty of eight counts of food safety breaches.

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Neil Joseph McLucas, 84, the owner of Sportsman Hotel in Spring Hill, was fined $ 20,000 in the Brisbane court after rats were found that contaminated the site.

Officers found rodent droppings in four parts of the hotel kitchen in February 2018 along with a hole in the wall, The Courier Mail reported.

Popular gay bar in Brisbane with a history of cockroach pests, the Sportsman Hotel, has (again) been found guilty of eight counts of food safety breaches

Popular gay bar in Brisbane with a history of cockroach pests, the Sportsman Hotel, has (again) been found guilty of eight counts of food safety breaches

Neil Joseph McLucas, 84, the owner of Sportsman Hotel at Spring Hill in Brisbane, was fined $ 20,000 in Brisbane court after rats were found that contaminated the site (stock image)

Neil Joseph McLucas, 84, the owner of Sportsman Hotel at Spring Hill in Brisbane, was fined $ 20,000 in Brisbane court after rats were found that contaminated the site (stock image)

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Neil Joseph McLucas, 84, the owner of Sportsman Hotel at Spring Hill in Brisbane, was fined $ 20,000 in Brisbane court after rats were found that contaminated the site (stock image)

Brisbane City Council, prosecutor Charlotte Hoskin, told the court the hole in the wall that gave access and a & # 39; haven & # 39; for the rodents.

& # 39; The greatest concern is the missing part of the wall, which creates a place where pests can settle on the site, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; But the fact that the rodent relief was present indicates that the area was not cleaned regularly. If the site was cleaned regularly, the problem could have been tackled earlier. & # 39;

The majority of rodent faeces were found at ground level, which by extension meant that there was a risk that faeces could fall on counter tops at certain times.

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The gay bar already had a history of cockroach pests from 2005, 2008 and 2013.

In those years, the bar received an improvement notification and was told to address the cockroach problem.

In 2013, however, the location was again hit by cockroaches before they received an infringement report in 2016.

In the four and a half years that McLucas has run the Sportsman Hotel, there has never been a public complaint about cockroaches, his lawyer Peter McCartney claimed.

"My client has not contracted a criminal conviction and history with regard to food law violations, my client has certainly taken all available steps to remedy the problem identified and he is aware of the seriousness of the accusations and the potential for damage to the audience, & he said.

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Mr. McLucas was fined $ 20,000, but he was spared a fixed conviction.

The popular gay bar in Brisbane already had a history of cockroach pests in 2005, 2008 and 2013

The popular gay bar in Brisbane already had a history of cockroach pests in 2005, 2008 and 2013

The popular gay bar in Brisbane already had a history of cockroach pests in 2005, 2008 and 2013

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