Monday 23 November, 2020

Bail for 53 of 61 detained for breaking COVID rules

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Fifty-three of the 61 men who were held liming at a bar in Belmont last Friday have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate and been granted bail.  

They all appeared before Magistrate Sarah De Silva, and after the charges were read and submissions were given, the matter was adjourned to August 3. The 53 were held in contravention to the Public Health Ordinance. Among the 53, police said, was Sea Lots Businessman Cedric Burke. 

Under the Public Health Ordinance, gathering in groups of more than 25 are prohibited, and a person found in breach faces a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and up to six months in prison. The 61 were held during a police operation on Friday night when police received intelligence that over 25 persons were seen congregating at a bar at the corner of Belle Eau Road and Regent Street, Belmont. 

Upon arrival, the officers observed 61 persons at the establishment and arrested them for breach of the Public Health Ordinance Regulations.  

The exercise was conducted with the assistance of officers from the Inter-Agency Task Force, the Port of Spain Task Force Unit, the Belmont Criminal Investigations Department, the Besson Street Police Station and the Canine Unit. 

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