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Partygoers caught on a boat given absolute discharge

Sixteen people who admitted to recklessly socializing during the coronavirus pandemic were yesterday let off with a warning.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers stopped a boat with the people onboard on September 4, the court heard.

Tyrell Gaitor; Mechello Griffin; Shakeal Holbert; Ricardo Adderley; Javardo Rolle; Luther Russell Jr.; Devon Russell; Rashado Louis; a 17-year-old girl, Jefferniece Gardiner; Moesha Stuart; Audranique Martin; Chrishando Deveaux; Teyalor Kemp; Rasha Bain and Vanrea Davis admitted to violating the emergency order that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people and requires people to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

In interviews with police, they claimed that they had paid the boat’s captain for a cruise of the harbor.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes told the young partygoers that the restrictions on movements would remain in place longer if rules aren’t followed.

After admonishing the group to be more responsible in doing their part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Forbes granted them an absolute discharge.

However, he warned them that he would not be so understanding if they re-offended.

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Artesia Davis

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

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