A person who was taken into custody for drinking beer in a public place was fined Rs. 10,000 by Maligakanda Magistrate Sunil Abeysinghe last Friday.
The suspect, Mohamed Piriyan, was charged under the Alcohol and Tobacco Act.
Police Sergeant Ratnayake who prosecuted said that the suspect was taken into custody by SI Premasiri while consuming beer at Siemonds Road, Maradana in a manner detrimental to the public well-being. The Magistrate severely warned the suspect before fining him.
In another case, two persons who were charged with smoking inside a Cinema in Maradana were fined Rs. 2,500 each.