Jahkeema Maduro was fined $1,000 on Jan. 20 in Magistrates’ Court for breaching curfew in April.

Ms. Maduro said she was employed in airport security at the time, and although she had a pass to be out of her home for work, she was caught going fishing with her boyfriend and friend while the territory was under a 24-hour daily curfew because of the initial spread of Covid-19.

The 29-year-old, who pleaded not guilty, said the trip wasn’t merely for leisure: Her household was running out of food as the lockdown wore on.

They didn’t anticipate anyone would be on the beach at Little Bay on April 14 and believed there was no risk posed to others, she explained.

However, the magistrate maintained that this was no excuse for breaching curfew, adding that her judgement may have been harsher in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic’s height in the territory.

If Ms. Maduro doesn’t pay the fine by the end of March, she will face two months imprisonment, the magistrate ruled.


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