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Curfew breaker fined $3,000, police called to alleged covid breach

Magistrates Court (photo by Glenn Tucker)

A woman was yesterday fined $3,000 after she admitted a breach of the Covid-19 curfew.

Nichole Lambert, 52, was one of three people who appeared in Magistrates’ Court in relation to violations of the Covid-19 emergency regulations.

The court heard that police were on mobile patrol on December 27 last year around 1am when they saw a car driving in an easterly direction.

Police stopped the car near Tamarind Vale, in Warwick, and asked the driver, who later identified herself as Lambert, why she was out passed the 11pm curfew.

She told police “I was going to see my honey” and was arrested for breach of curfew.

Lambert, from Sandys, told the court that she had attended the funeral of a loved one earlier that day and had been drinking after the wake.

She added that she took a nap at a friend’s home to sober up and did not know what time it was when she woke up and drove home.

Lambert also said: “I did not tell police I was going to see my honey – I told them I was coming back from seeing my honey.”

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson fined Lambert $3,000.

Two other people also appeared in court yesterday on charges of breaching the Covid-19 curfew, but Alan Richards, for the Crown, asked for more time to review the information and the cases were adjourned until April 15. Neither defendant was required to enter a plea.

Another defendant was due to answer to curfew violation charges but did not appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The hearing came as police said the organisers of a Good Friday gathering which allegedly breached Covid-19 social distancing regulations are likely to appear in court soon.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said yesterday that at around 8.30pm on Friday, police responded to a report of a Covid-19 breach at a Bostock Hill East, Paget residence.

Officers saw a group of approximately 20 people standing on an outside porch, reportedly not practising social distancing or wearing masks.

As they approached, people began to leave but the incident was recorded on police body cameras and the registrations of a number of vehicles at the house were also recorded.

The spokesman said organisers of the event were identified and a file on the matter is being prepared in anticipation of a court appearance.