Five men, who were part of a larger group of people found liming outside a parlour in Sangre Grande, have been jailed for breaching Public Health Regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic, making them the first to be jailed for the offence.
The men, were among a group of nine, who police officers found congregating outside a parlour along Quash Trace in Sangre Grande on Sunday morning.
They were charged under Section 3(1)(b) of the regulations, which carries a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and six months in prison.
When they appeared virtually before Magistrate Sarah Da Silva on Monday afternoon, they were sentenced to between seven and 14 days in jail.
Jerrod Thomas, Michael Monroe, Derrick Andrews, Kevon Bengochea, and Nikel Williams received the sentences after pleading guilty to the offence.
Thomas, Andrews, and Bengochea were each sentenced to 14 days in prison, while Monroe and Andrews received seven day sentences.
The other four who were also arrested – Leon Williams, Kerion Pereira, Kurt Richards and O’Neil Campo, attempted to enter a guilty plea and then challenge the charge through an explanation. But Da Silva entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.
She then adjourned their case to June 7.
One additional person was held in the exercise on Sunday, but was ticketed for littering and for failing to wear a mask in a public space.