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$1,000 Fine For Running Bar After Curfew

By FARRAH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

fjohnson@tribunemedia.net

A businessman who was caught running a bar after curfew hours earlier this year was yesterday fined $1,000.

Brian Knowles appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney after officers caught him working at a Village Road bar around 8.42pm on January 14.

He admitted operating a prohibited business during his arraignment.

The court was told that Knowles was initially ticketed for breaching the emergency orders earlier this year.

However, he failed to pay the fine and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Yesterday, Knowles told the magistrate when he first got the ticket, his employer promised him he would pay the fixed fine. However, he said the man died before he got around to doing it.

The accused said he was stopped during a routine traffic check and was taken into custody after being informed that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

After listening to his explanation, Magistrate McKinney accepted Knowles’ guilty plea and fined him $1,000.

Meanwhile, Tamika Duncombe was charged after officers caught her patronising a bar in breach of the emergency orders on January 14.

When she appeared before Magistrate McKinney she pleaded guilty and was fined $200.

When asked why she failed to appear when she was first summoned to court, she said that she had forgotten the court date on her ticket.

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