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WA pub owner Sonja Gastevich fined almost $130,000 for illegal purchases of lobster and seafood


Sonja Gastevich — dubbed WA’s queen of pubs — has been fined almost $130,000 after she and three employees were netted in a covert fisheries sting buying highly valuable black-market seafood, including rock lobsters, from the boot of a car.

Gastevich — described in court as a “pioneer” of WA’s hospitality sector, opening her first pub in the 1960s — has been left in “great shame” and with a criminal record after she and her popular Currambine Bar and Bistro were targeted by an undercover fisheries operative in May 2017.

Perth Magistrate’s Court was today told the covert operative first arrived at the pub on May 5 when chef Ruben Pascual exchanged $180 for 20 rock lobsters being kept in the boot of a vehicle in the…



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