Woman ticketed for patronizing bar given discharge

A magistrate on Wednesday “gave an early birthday present” to a woman who was ticketed for patronizing a prohibited business during the state of emergency.

Police issued the ticket to Rokeisha Smith, of Boyd Road, after they found her at the Last Man Standing Bar on January 17.

Smith did not pay the fine on the ticket before her court date.

She appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes on her 44th birthday.

Smith admitted that she was at the bar, but she claimed that she didn’t know that the business shouldn’t have been open.

According to Smith, other patrons were outside before she entered.

Forbes granted Smith a discharge, which he described as an early birthday present.

Another magistrate issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of operating a prohibited business and failing to install hand sanitizing stations at the entrance.

Prosecutors allege that Justin Pratt, 39, of Shamrock Close, broke both emergency orders at High Rollers on January 7, 2021.

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Artesia Davis

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

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