Saturday 11 July, 2020

Bail for TTCG officers held in COVID party

The two coastguard officers who were held on Saturday morning on allegations of breaching the Public Health Ordinance, have appeared before an Arima Magistrate. 

Shane Eccles, 40, and Roger Moore, 31, both appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael. The two pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against them. 

After submissions to the court, the matter was adjourned to August 27. Both men were granted bail at $85,000 each. 

Under the Public Health Ordinance, persons are not allowed to gather in groups of more than five, under penalty of a $50,000 fine or six months hard labour.  

The seven were held during a police operation led by Sgt Ali. 

Last week, police received intelligence of a COVID-19 party in Samaroo Village. 

The officers made their way to the location, where they observed a group of persons liming near a car, which had music blaring. The group, which consisted of over 13 people were reminded of the stay-at-home orders in effect, and asked to disperse. 

Police said the group adhered to the directives, and the officers left. 

About an hour later, however, police received similar intelligence which led them back to the area. 

The officers had cause to speak to a group again, and detained seven individuals. 

The operation also included PC George, PC Reid, PC Bernard, PC Pompey, PC Brown, and PC Joseph, among others. 

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