Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Two Antiguans jailed, four fined for breaking COVID-19 curfew

Six Antiguan nationals appeared in court on Monday, charged with breaching curfew.

The men were arrested over the weekend and charged with failing to comply with lockdown rules, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

All six men pleaded guilty to the charges.

Two of the men, Addis Joseph and Kadeem Morrisey were sentenced to six months in prison.

The other four men were fined $5000 each, but failure to pay the fine could result in them being incarcerated as well.

17 people have been arrested and charged for similar violations since the 24-hour lockdown took effect in Antigua and Barbuda last Thursday.

Meanwhile a pastor is waiting to be sentenced after he pleaded guilty to failure to comply with public health regulations.

Pastor Uriah Taylor along with three church members of the New Testament Church in Bolans will be sentenced on May 5.

Taylor was charged with facilitating a gathering that surpassed the (then) 25 people limit, while the three others were charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

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