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Trial rescheduled for couple accused of Covid-19 quarantine breaches

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The trial of a husband and wife charged with breaches of Covid-19 quarantine regulations was today adjourned because of scheduling conflicts.

Magistrates’ Court heard that the trial of Sophia Cannonier, 52, and Michael Watson, 46, was scheduled to start today – but the hearing clashed with another trial set for the same time.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo adjourned the trial, which is expected to last for at least two days, until December 13.

Ms Cannonier and Mr Watson, from Devonshire, are charged with refusal to comply with a mandatory quarantine and failure to complete a travel authorisation form.

The offences are alleged to have happened on July 11.

The two have also been charged with leaving their home on July 20 before the end of their quarantine period.

Ms Cannonier has also been charged with allowing unauthorised people to visit her on the same day.

The couple have denied all the charges.

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Court appearance: Michael Watson and wife Sophia Cannonier appear in court to face four allegations of breach of Covid-19 rules (Photograph by Akil Simmons)