A man who gave varying reasons for violating the national lockdown was on Wednesday fined $500.
Wilner Pierre, 29, would spend three months in prison if he doesn’t pay the money.
Police stopped Pierre’s burgundy Nissan March on Cowpen Road around 10:20 p.m. on August 8.
Pierre, who didn’t have a lawyer, pleaded guilty “with an explanation” when he appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Pierre told the court that he had left home to get water for his “two babies”.
He claimed police stopped him as he headed home.
The magistrate asked Pierre what time he ran out of water. Pierre replied, at 12 a.m.
McKinney asked where he would find water at the hour.
According to Pierre, someone sold water from their home in his neighborhood.
The magistrate then asked the prosecutor what Pierre told police.
According to Inspector Bridgette Strapp, Pierre initially told officers that he was going to a friend.
When they arrested him, Pierre said he was “going to get stuff for his kids”.
McKinney asked, “Did he say anything about getting water?”
Strapp said that he told the interviewing officer about water. However, she said officers reported searching his car and did not mention finding the water.
Based on the inconsistencies, McKinney said he did not accept Pierre’s reason for breaking the lockdown.