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Pair fined for operating business after curfew

A magistrate fined two men $200 each for operating a restaurant and bar beyond the 8 p.m. curfew.

Police arrested Jonathan Johnson and Kelsey Pierre on Saturday, July 4, for violating the emergency order that requires businesses to close by 8 p.m.

Johnson is a trainee manager at Karma on Prince George Wharf and Pierre leases the restaurant’s bar.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Lakisia Moss, police met the business in full swing when they arrived at 9 p.m.

During his plea in mitigation, attorney Keith Bell said the men were winding down operations when police arrived. According to him, they were filling orders that had already been placed.

Asking the court to show leniency, Bell argued that the emergency orders had already expired.

He said that it was “unfortunate” that the Office of the Attorney General had not advised the police how to deal with apparent violations to the emergency powers.

Despite this, Bell contended that his clients had broken no laws as there were none in place.

However, Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis overruled the preliminary objection, finding that there was a valid emergency proclamation.

He advised the men in future to take their final orders by 7:30 p.m.

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