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$3,000 fine for business curfew violation

A gas stove repairman on Tuesday was yesterday fined $3,000 for operating a non-essential business and breaching the national curfew.

Police arrested Sean Pindling, 44, at his business, Bain Tech, on Blue Hill Road around 3 p.m. on May 1.

The officers also charged Pindling with defying the nationwide curfew by failing to remain in his home on Sears Hill. The curfew confines residents to their homes unless working at an essential business or conducting business.

Pindling pleaded guilty to violation of curfew and operating a non-essential business when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.

The magistrate told Pindling that he should have applied for an exemption from the competent authority, as his business was “almost essential”.

Despite this, Rolle-Davis said that Pindling’s breach could “not go unscathed”.

He imposed a fine of $1,000 for breaking the curfew and $2,000 for operating a business.

Pindling asked to pay the fine in installments. He made his first payment of $200 yesterday.

If he doesn’t pay the money, he will spend one year in prison.

Appearing in the same court were Lizandra Lightbourne, 20, and Alfred Burrell, 35.

They both denied charges of breaching the business license act by selling liquor on April 30.

They pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of operating a non-essential business on the same date.

They were each granted $5,000 bail and return to court for trial on June 30.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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