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Four friends have been each fined $10,000 for breaching the curfew after they got a flat tyre on their way home from a birthday party on Saturday.

Vijay Sookhai, Krishna Ramkissoon, Akeem Sambrano, and Jarod Balai, all of Deokiesingh Street, St Augustine, were fined after pleading guilty to the offence during a virtual hearing before Magistrate Duane Murray, yesterday afternoon.

According to reports, the group was arrested on Saturday night after police stopped a vehicle they were driving in along La Clave Street South in Chaguanas.

Presenting a mitigation plea on the group’s behalf, their lawyer Bhimal Maharajh claimed that they had attended a small birthday party and were on their way home when they got the flat tyre.

According to Maharajh, around 8.30 pm, the men’s friend came to their assistance with a compressor.

Although the curfew was about to begin, the men decided to take a chance to make their way home but were intercepted by police shortly after.

The men were given six months in which to pay their fines. In the event that they fail to adhere to the deadline, they will face six months in prison.

Under the Emergency Powers Regulations 2021, which prescribes the daily 9 pm to 5 am curfew during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, persons in breach face a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and six months in prison.