Cocorite bathers slapped with $8,000 fine for breaching regulations

The group of people found breaching the Public Health Ordinance meant to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, have been fined a combined total of $8,000.

The accused are Leticia Debideen, Nakisha Hewitt, Natasha Meade, Martin Hunter, Atiba Phillip, Gilanni Ash and Terric Jack. They all live in Cocorite except for Hunter who resides in St Anns.

Appearing virtually before Magistrate Sarah De Silva, all pleaded guilty. They were fine $1,000 to be paid in seven days or face two weeks simple imprisonment save for Hunter who was fined $2,000 or face three weeks simple imprisonment.

Reports say around 4.30 pm on Wednesday, police were on mobile patrol when they were informed that people were bathing in the Gulf of Paria near Bayside Towers, Cocorite. The officers went to the said location and found the suspects on the beach. They were arrested and conveyed to the Four Roads Police Station.

According to a statement from the police service, the men were charged in accordance with Section 3 (1) (d) of the Public Health (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) (No 14) Regulations 202, which states that during the specified period, a person shall not, without reasonable justification, "be found at or in any beach, river, stream, pond, spring, or similar body of water, unless the presence of that person is essential for the carrying out or provision of a service specified."

The TTPS initially said 10 individuals were arrested, however, the report made no mention of three other suspects.

Cocorite bathers slapped with $8,000 fine for breaching regulations

The group of people found breaching the Public Health Ordinance meant to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, have been fined a combined total of $8,000. 


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