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Jobless man escapes fine for curfew breach

A jobless man escaped a penalty after he admitted breaching a Covid-19 curfew.

Police spotted Kevin Gardiner, 41, walking along Kindley Field Road in St George’s at about 2.15am on December 31, 2020, Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.

He told officers he did not realise he was out past the then-11pm to 5am curfew and was arrested.

Karen King Deane, for the Crown, asked that Gardiner receive a conditional discharge on the condition that he pay the now fixed penalty of $500.

But Gardiner, from Hamilton Parish, told the court that he was unemployed and would struggle to pay the fine.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo gave Gardiner a conditional discharge as long as he stayed out of trouble for six months.

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