A magistrate on Thursday imposed a $1,000 fine on a 22-year-old woman who willfully defied the national curfew.
Bissau Miller admitted violating the curfew at 9:20 p.m. on May 7 at her arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney. Police stopped Miller’s car at the intersection of Gladstone and Carmichael Road, the court heard.
When asked her reason for being out, she said “she was going to a friend to get some ‘heads’”, prosecutor Sergeant Kendrick Bauld told the court.
Miller did not dispute telling the police this. Neither did she say what she meant by “heads”.
However, Miller told the court, “I was heading home [from] picking up something from a friend in Coral Harbour.”
Miller said that she was aware that she risked fines or imprisonment but thought the “items was important enough” to break the law.
McKinney said that Miller’s “willful defiance of the law” would cost her $1,000 or six months in prison if she fails to pay the fine.
Miller told the court that she could only pay $500 immediately because she didn’t have a job.
McKinney replied, “You should have taken that into consideration when you decided to leave home.”
She was given until June 12 to pay the balance.
A man who broke the lockdown to share a business idea with his cousin was fined $300 or one month in prison.
Police arrested Clinth Charles on the violation at 5:25 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 on Moore Avenue.
Charles said that he had sent the information to his cousin by email. However, he claimed his cousin couldn’t access the information because the Internet service was down. Magistrate Sandradee Gardiner warned Charles to adhere to the lockdown rules in the future.
Gardiner imposed a $250 fine on a man who broke the lockdown to charge an ankle bracelet and to get food.
Carlon Rolle was arrested on Malcolm Road Rest around 7:39 p.m. on May 16.
Rolle said his electricity was off and he needed to charge his ankle bracelet.
He also claimed that he had run out of food so he went by his sister to get something to eat.