The first to appear was Irajah Stewart, 23, of Tarodale in Tarouba. Rambachan read that Stewart, not being a holder of the permit issued by the Commission of Police or a person exempted under the Emergency Powers Curfew Orders ( 2011), was outdoors contrary to the specified hours (9 pm to 5 am). Stewart pleaded guilty.
Father of two Devindra Dookie, 33, also appeared before the said magistrate charged with the same offence. He was arrested by WPC Gibson at about 11.15 pm on Thursday along the Southern Main Road, Marabella, near Glasses Restaurant and Bar.
The court heard that when questioned by police his reason for being outside during curfew hours Dookie, a pipe fitter, responded: “Officer I come out to see if I could get some cigarettes.”
Before fining him, magistrate Rambachan advised him to set an example for his children.
The third person to appear in court charged with the same offence was Ronald De France, 41. He was arrested by WPC Samuel on Thursday about 9.15 pm near Bhagwansingh Hardware Limited, on the Southern Main Road, Marabella.
The court prosecutor told the court De France was seen staggering along the roadway and smelling of alcohol.
“It seems you are more loyal to alcohol than to your country,” the magistrate said to De France who is a father of two.