TWO members of the Coast Guard were among seven people arrested between Friday night and Saturday morning for breaching the Public Health Ordinance.
According to police reports, officers of the Arima Police Station led by Sgt Ali went to a house at Samaroo Village, Arima where they met and spoke to the Coast Guard officers. The police officers, constables George, Reid, Bernard, Pompey, Brown and Joseph, were on roving mobile patrols when they were informed of covid19 party at the house in the district.
Police said they found the Coast Guard members and 13 others liming near the house with alcoholic drinks in hand around 12.30 am on Saturday. There was a car playing loud music at the location. Police the group that their gathering was in breach of the public health ordinance which mandates groups of five or less to congregate. The officers then left.
Sometime later, the officers returned and found the Coast Guard members along with others still gathered at the scene and arrested them. Police said the two Coast Guard members were warned in April after being caught breaching the regulations. One member of the group was also charged with possession of cocaine and outstanding warrants in the Arima district.
Those arrested for breaching the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50,000 or six months in prison.