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Quarantine breach trial commences in SVG

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(iWNSVG) – The first trial of a person charged with breaching COVID-19 quarantine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines began, on Tuesday, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, with two witnesses for the prosecution having to be summoned after failing to attend.

The absence of the two witnesses forced Crown Counsel Shakelle Bobb to ask Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett for an adjournment.

Jeyandra Jackson, 24, of Long Piece, Lowmans Windward, is being tried on a charge that on October 27, she contravened an order made by Dr. Roger Duncan, health officer, under section 27(a) of the Public Health Act, requiring her to quarantine herself from other persons.

She had initially pleaded guilty to the charge when she was arraigned at the same court on November 25, but changed her plea to not guilty after disagreeing with the facts and after Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett explained the charge to her.

Jackson did not have a lawyer at her arraignment or when the trial commenced on Monday.

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