By James Atkinson
A pub has shut its doors and its licensee has been hit with a five-year ban after she repeatedly allowed and even photographed bar staff engaging in offensive sexual displays on the premises.
The Western Australian Commissioner of Police provided the state's licensing regulator with CCTV evidence of seven incidents at Katanning Hotel in Katanning, 277 km south east of Perth.
CCTV footage from May 2011 showed a skimpily-dressed barmaid lying on the bar, raising her leg and exposing her genitalia in full view of patrons.
Licensee Trina Lane was observed in the background photographing the barmaid. Shortly after, a fight broke out between two patrons that lasted for approximately two minutes.
"Throughout the footage patrons are observed consuming liquor and the licensee continues trading past midnight, some two hours and 24 minutes after the permitted hours of trading," wrote Liquor Commission of WA chairperson Jim Freemantle.
Subsequent footage taken from between July and September last year showed barmaids revealing their breasts and buttocks to patrons, and topless mud wrestling on the premises that was in view of the general public through an open window.
The hotel repeatedly stayed open well after its permitted hours of trading.
Licensee Trina Lane was disqualified from holding a liquor licence for five years.
The licensee company, Good Time Investments, had its licence suspended. The Liquor Commission heard that the company ceased trading in December and is expected to go into receivership.