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Date set for curfew challenge

Marc Daniels (File photograph)

A date has been fixed to hear a legal challenge that claims strict curfew laws are unconstitutional and denied people a “reasonable excuse” defence.

Marc Daniels, the defence lawyer for Kinte Smith, confirmed last week that the challenge will be heard in front of the Supreme Court on July 1.

He launched the challenge last month after Mr Smith, 35, from St George’s, was charged with a breach of the earlier midnight to 5am curfew.

Mr Daniels said that his client’s right to freedom of movement was infringed when he was stopped at a checkpoint on January 12 in Hamilton Parish.

He added that the law tied the hands of Magistrates’ Court because it did not give them room to consider if someone had a reasonable excuse short of a medical emergency to be out past curfew.

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