A repeated offender, taken before the court on Thursday as members of the joint services continue “Operation COVI-CURB” in efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, has been jailed.
Paul Marciano, called ‘Paulo’, 46, of Waterloo Street, Burnham Drive, Wismar, Linden, will be spending the next month in prison for breaching COVID-19 curfew restrictions.
Marciano, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared virtually before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.
The repeat offender was found to be in contravention of No. 4 of the COVID-19 Emergency Measure No. (2), No 53/2020 Contrary to Section 21(2) of the Public Health Ordinance, Chapter 145.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, bar owner Meer Rahaman, his staff and patrons were hauled before the court and charged with breaching the COVID-19 guidelines. They were brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
Rahaman pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on March 13 and April 4, at the club, he hosted a party in breach of the COVID-19 measures. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine of $16,350, with an alternative of spending one month in prison.
Meanwhile, Nickel Thomas, 23, a bartender; Tiffany Ross, 32, who is employed with the Guyana Post Office Corporation and with Club Altitude; Kalvin Ramkellawan, 18, who operates a hookah business at the said club; and Fiona Samuels 28, who is also employed at the club, were charged for attending a private party. They all pleaded guilty to the charge, except Samuels.
Those who pleaded guilty were fined $16,350, in default of which they would serve one month’s imprisonment. Samuels has been released on $5000 bail, and is scheduled to make her next court appearance on April 21.
Further, patrons of the bar Joy Craigan, 19, and Johanna Craigan, 18, have been charged for attending a private party at the club’s location on March 13. They both pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised to the court. They, too, were fined $16,350, in default of which they would serve one month’s imprisonment.
Senior Magistrate Leron Daly issued 21 arrest warrants on Friday last for a group of COVID-19 Guideline violators who failed to appear in court.
When the cases were called, each person’s name was called thrice by the court’s orderly inside and outside of the court, but no one answered the call.
Arrests warrants were therefore issued for Eric Moses, Akisha Forester, Natalie Cush, Jason Bacchus, Elizabeth Payne, Aaliyah Harding, Mark Jones, Lisa Smith, Faith Bacchus, Sarah Tucker, Selidyn Prescott, Abiola Lackno, Abiki Moses, Shania Carter, Tiffany Anthony, Roger James, Mark Blackman, Carl Adams, Tanesa Joseph, Tasha Payne, and Janenda Singh. (G1)