[Written by Don Burgess]
A Sandys woman was fined $3,000 for breaking curfew for an offence from last December.
Nichole Lambert, 52, pled guilty to breaking the law. Police stopped her at 1 am on Middle Road in Warwick on December 27. Curfew was from 11 pm to 5 am at that time.
Ms Lambert told the court she had gone to a viewing the previous night. Afterward, she went to a friend’s house and had been drinking and fell asleep. When she woke up, she headed home without looking at the time.
Prosecutor Alan Richards told presiding judge Maxine Anderson that this case was precedent-setting since it is the first to be heard under the new laws. People can receive up to a $6,000 fine for a first offence.
Duty counsel Archibald Warner called the new penalties “draconian fines.”
Magistrate Anderson issued a $3,000 fine for the offence.
Two other curfew breach cases were pushed back until next week, and neither person had to enter a plea.