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Three people fined over curfew breaches

Another three people were charged with Covid-19 breaches yesterday during an online Magistrates’ Court session.

Kamesh Wilkinson, 39, pleaded guilty to breaking the previous midnight to 5am curfew on January 23.

The court heard that police stopped Wilkinson in his car as he was driving on South Road, in Paget, at 12.27am.

When asked why he was out, Wilkinson said “I was going to check to see if a place was open”.

Officers warned him of the curfew and that he would be summonsed to court for the breach.

He said: “Ah man – I could have just turned around.”

Wilkinson, from Pembroke, told to the court that he went to buy food for his family from Ice Queen, in Paget, but did not manage his time and was out past curfew.

Elizabeth Christopher, for the defence, asked for leniency because of he did not understand “the scale of what he had done” at the time.

She added: “He is a law-abiding person and I invite the court to be as helpful as possible. This isn’t intended to crush people.”

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe fined Wilkinson $2,000 and ordered him to pay by June 16.

Bathsheba Jones, 22, also pleaded guilty to breaching the midnight to 5am curfew.

Police found Jones riding her motorcycle through Parsons Road in Pembroke on January 31 at 1.22am.

She told police that she was at her brother’s house and was later summonsed for the breach.

Ms Christopher asked that Jones, from Pembroke, be sentenced to a period of community service in place of fines.

She told the court that her client was putting herself through university and paying for medical expenses – all while supporting herself through a food delivery job.

Mr Wolffe adjourned the case until May 31 and released her on $3,000 bail.

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