More curfew violators charged

A man who broke the curfew to borrow canned gas from a friend was yesterday granted an absolute discharge.

Police arrested Elroy Symonette, 27, moments after he walked outside his yard at 9:56 p.m. on May 25.

Symonette was charged with breaking the curfew and failing to wear a mask while outside.

Symonette was unrepresented at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans. He told the court that he needed to cook and was unable to go out earlier because of bad weather.

Symonette said he had a mask but just didn’t have it on. Vogt-Evans advised him to follow the rules.

Symonette said the rules were for everyone, including herself.

Fritizgerald Benoit admitted to breaking the weekend lockdown.

Officers arrested the 39-year-old at 8:35pm on May 24. Benoit said that he was walking home after checking on his grandmother, who lived alone.

He claimed that he had dropped off provisions to her. Vogt-Evans told Benoit that he had ample time to prepare for the lockdown and fined him $500 or five months in prison.

Benoit was supposed to be arraigned on Wednesday but failed to show up.

The court charged him $100 to cancel the arrest warrant.

Benoit paid the fines.

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Artesia Davis

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

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