Thursday 4 June, 2020

Cayman: Man jailed for for breach of curfew

The first case of hard curfew breach went to court in Cayman today and the man was found guilty. There were other predicate offences involved and the individual was jailed for four months.

Some 21 police files are with the Director of Public Prosecutions. Additional prosecution files are being processed, but as yet there is no date available for prosecution of these cases.

This is the first sign to the Cayman Islands that curfew breaches are being taken seriously by the police.

Within the past 24 hours, there were no major policing issues and almost full compliance.

In Little Cayman last night, there were no issues.

In Cayman Brac, four vehicles were stopped with no breaches of curfew.

Meanwhile, in Grand Cayman, 66 vehicles were stopped and one was warned for prosecution. One pedestrian was found in breach and warned for prosecution.

During the day-time hours, six persons were found to be guilty of soft curfew - three were conducting construction. One person was car washing and two others were driving with no purpose. They were all sent home and warned for prosecution.

Police Commissioner, Derek Byrne is implementing a new curfew order from 7 pm to 5 am for a further two weeks until April 17. Monday to Friday will be a combination of a hard and soft curfew. On Sundays, there will be a hard curfew from 12.01 am to 11.59 pm.

An alphabetised system will apply whereby surnames A to K will only be allowed to partake in essential services on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and L to Z will be allowed to partake in essential services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Custody arrangements between parents who require transportation of children between homes as well as the business of essential workers will be exempted when conducting these activities.

From April 6, tickets will be issued for people who breach curfew without a need for a warning for prosecution. These will need to be paid within 28 days.

Where the ticket is due to a breach of a public health violation, the fine will range between $250 (USD $300) and $750 (USD $900). Some of the penalties include the following:

  • $250: for businesses not applying social distancing or for individuals not adhering to social distancing
  • $500-$750: public gathering breaches
  • $750: opening a business that is not essential
  • $750: for maintaining business with more patrons than allowed
  • $500: visiting essential services outside of the mandated alphabetized day

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