Liquor and Gaming NSW confirms investigation of Jimmy Brings after 2018 death

Evin PriestNCA NewsWire
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Popular alcohol delivery service Jimmy Brings is being investigated over whether it breached liquor laws in relation to the June 2018 death of a man who reportedly spent $24,000 with the company over three years, including daily orders in the weeks leading up to his death.

Liquor and Gaming NSW will examine whether responsible service of alcohol laws were broken when the 30-minute service delivered wine and spirits to the 49-year-old’s Bondi home across almost 300 orders he reportedly placed in the three years before his death.

The orders reportedly included several bottles of alcohol delivered almost daily, including two that were identical and placed within 10 minutes of each other, in the fortnight prior to the man’s death.

The alcohol and gambling watchdog said in a statement to NCA NewsWire that it was investigating whether excessive consumption had also occurred.

“Liquor and Gaming NSW is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in June 2018,” the statement read.

“The investigation will examine whether the actions of an online alcohol delivery company breached NSW liquor laws and if excessive alcohol consumption was involved.

“No further comment can be made while the investigation continues.”

Jimmy Brings delivers alcohol within 30 minutes.
Camera IconJimmy Brings delivers alcohol within 30 minutes. Credit: Supplied

Endeavour Group, which owns Jimmy Brings, Dan Murphy’s and BWS, told NCA NewsWire it had put measures in place following the man’s death, which it said was investigated in 2018.

“The death of this man in June 2018 was a very tragic event,” a statement read.

“The NSW Liquor and Gaming Authority conducted an investigation into this matter in 2018. Jimmy Brings co-operated fully … (the) investigation closed in late 2018 with no action taken.

“Following the acquisition of Jimmy Brings in mid-December 2017, Endeavour Group integrated its own robust RSA policies and procedures into Jimmy Brings’ existing RSA controls.”

Following the death, Jimmy Brings said it “developed an automated RSA system that applied a ‘red flag’ to online customer purchases that might be considered high risk (by either ordering volume or frequency)” in which high risk customers or transactions were reviewed by a manager.

Online alcohol sales grew during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 3000-plus businesses in NSW now holding an online liquor licence.

However, the actual number operating this way is believed to be higher due to small bottle shops and small bars being allowed to deliver alcohol under pandemic measures.

There were 500 licenses in 2018.

In July 2020, new rules were introduced to address concerns online delivery services were being used by minors and intoxicated people who might not be served were they drinking at a pub or bar.

The rules included fines of up to $11,000 and made it an offence to sell packaged alcohol to a minor or an intoxicated person.

Originally published as Liquor and Gaming NSW confirms investigation of Jimmy Brings after 2018 death

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