Men in court for defying lockdown

A man was fined after he was found by police in Warwick in breach of the island-wide lockdown.

Kalio Govia, from Pembroke, pleaded guilty to the offence in an online sitting of Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.

Govia, 36, of Pembroke, was stopped on Middle Road, Warwick, on Monday.

He told the court that he was on his way home when he was stopped by police and had believed that he would only receive a warning.

Charles Richardson, for the defence, said the offence was at the lower end of the spectrum and had happened early in the 14-day shelter-in-place regulations. But senior magistrate Juan Wolffe told the defendant the offence was serious given the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Wolffe fined Govia $2,000, but gave him 21 days to pay. The case was one of three heard in the session, held through the Zoom video app.

Kaven Lottimore, 43, from Pembroke, denied a charge that he drove a car in Hamilton Parish in contravention of state-of-emergency regulations on Monday.

Leigh Hall, 62, from Hamilton Parish, also denied driving on Monday.

Both cases were adjourned until April 20 and the two were released on $3,000 bail each.

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