Two men were fined yesterday for violating a newly imposed nationwide curfew designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Police arrested Darcy Ellis, 22, and Chilico Knowles, 21, after they were found roaming the streets of New Providence during the curfew period of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt fined both men $600.
They have until noon on March 27 to pay the money, otherwise they would spend 10 days in prison.
Police arrested Ellis at 10:35 p.m. on March 22 near Potter’s Cay Dock.
Ellis claimed that he had just left the Central Police Station on East Street and was headed to his home on Sears Hill.
However, police had no record of Ellis coming to the station, the court heard.
Officers on patrol saw Knowles driving on St. Barts Road around 10:25 p.m. on March 23.
Police tried to stop his car, but he sped off. The pursuit ended when Ellis turned into his yard at Windward Isles Road.
Knowles said he had fallen asleep at a friend’s home and was in a hurry to head home.
He didn’t hear the sirens or see the patrol car’s flashing lights, he said.
Ferguson-Pratt told both men, “You are jeopardizing your health and the health of others. Please stay at home.”
A third man, Mel’shaddi Newry, 26, denied violating the curfew on March 23 at 11:30 p.m.
He was granted $1,000 bail and returns to court for trial on September 2.
The curfew that began on March 20 and ends on March 31 requires all residents, except those who work in essential services, to stay at home.
Curfew violators face a maximum of 18 months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.