Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Six appear in court for breaching stay-at-home order

The six people who were held last Friday during a police operation in Arima for breaching the stay-at-home orders, have all appeared before an Arima Magistrate. 

Shopkeeper Nerimala Kalicharan, 61, plead guilty to selling alcohol without a license, and outside of hours designated for sale under the Public Health Ordinance Regulations. She was fined. 

Kalicharan was held at about 8.45pm on Friday at her minimart along Jacob Hill, Arima. 

A team of officers led by Sgt Ali received intelligence which led them to the community where they saw a group of men outside of the minimart. 

The officers inquired from the men the reason for being there, and they indicated that they were waiting on items from the shopkeeper. Sgt Ali informed the group that the hours for closing was 6 pm and told them to disperse to which they complied. 

Shortly thereafter, Kalicharan approached the burglar proof and pushed a bottle of rum through a block hole and said "what yuh want again?". Sgt Ali identified himself to the woman and told her of the breach of the Public Health Ordinance Regulations and asked her to open the burglar proof gate. The woman was questioned, and subsequently detained. She allegedly told officers that she knew she was in the wrong, however, she took a chance and was ‘selling the alcohol to live’. 

The other five accused were held that same night along Martin Lane, Arima. 

Police said they got intelligence of a COVID Party, and when they arrived, they observed a group of 15 persons liming in the yards of a home. The group was approached, and cautioned. 

However, five men refused to comply with instructions to disperse, telling the police that they were in a private property and as a result, the police had no powers to ask the group to disperse. After a confrontation, the five men were detained and charged. 

Police said they pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the offences, and as a result, they were granted bail, and their matter was set for trial next month. 

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