$3,000 fine for two men charged with ‘drinking in public’

$3,000 fine for two men charged with ‘drinking in public’

ANTHONY CAMPBELL, 50, of Eastern Main Road, D’abadie, and NYRON BURKE, 28, of Patrong Road, Valencia, appeared before Magistrate Avion Gill at the Arima Magistrates’ Court today.
They were both fined $3,000 or in default, will have to serve three months’ simple imprisonment.
The two men were arrested during an anti-crime exercise held on Tuesday 6th July, 2021.
The exercise was spearheaded by W/Insp Maxwell, supervised by Sgt (Ag) Henderson and conducted by members of the Arima Municipal Task Force (AMTF) and Arima Street Patrol Unit (ASPU).
During the hours of 10 am and 12 pm, members of the AMTF and ASPU, proceeded to Hollis Street Arima.
While there, they observed two men drinking from a glass bottle. PC Pitt enquired from the men if they were drinking alcohol, and the men stated they were just taking a drink. Both men were arrested and taken to the Arima Municipal Police Station, where they were subsequently charged.
The public is reminded that it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place. Section 3 (1) (k) of the Emergency Powers Regulations 2021 states “During the period of public emergency between the hours of 5:01 a.m. to 8:59 p.m. every day, a person shall not consume alcohol in a public place…”

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