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Three curfew breach charges at Magistrate’s Court

A homeless man yesterday admitted a breach of curfew after he was arrested by police while out after hours.

Magistrates Court heard Heman Viera, 53, was spotted walking near Cherry Hill Park, Paget at about 12.50am on March 14, while the former midnight to 5am curfew was in force.

He told officers when questioned: “I’m going to Ice Queen to sleep”.

Viera told the court that he was unaware of the curfew and hoped to get something to eat at the Paget Plaza restaurant as well.

Elizabeth Christopher, for the defence, said that her client needed financial assistance and housing “on an urgent basis”.

She added: “The instructions that I have are that he has nowhere to stay.”

Ms Christopher asked for a social inquiry report for her client so that he could be put “on a better track”.

The police service declined to comment yesterday on why a homeless man had been arrested for curfew breach.

But Viera has a string of convictions dating back decades, including for serious sex assault and robbery.

Magistrate Tyrone Chin released Viera on $750 bail and adjourned the case until June 16.

He also ordered a social inquiry report and ordered Viera to report to Hamilton Police Station twice a week.

Ronald Mapp, 60, also admitted a breach of the midnight to 5am curfew.

Police saw Mapp on a motorbike on St John’s Road and Cemetery Road, in Pembroke, around 2.27am on March 6.

He offered no explanation why he was out after the curfew.

Mapp, from Pembroke, apologised to the court asked Mr Chin for community service in place of a fine.

Mr Chin adjourned the case until June 16 and ordered a social inquiry report. He released Mapp on $2,000 bail.

Andrew Spencer-Arscott, 29, pleaded not guilty to a breach of the then-11pm to 5am curfew.

The incident was alleged to have happened on April 10 in Hamilton Parish.

He also denied another breach on April 15 in Paget.

Mr Chin released Mr Spencer-Arscott, of Paget, on $2000 bail and adjourned the case until June 7.

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