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An 18-year-old man from central Trinidad, who claimed that he breached the ongoing curfew to visit his sick mother, has been fined $3,500.

Tevin Ashton was slapped with the fine after he pleaded guilty to the offence under the Emergency Powers Regulations for the ongoing State of Emergency, during a virtual hearing before Magistrate Duane Murray, yesterday.

According to police reports, Ashton was arrested around 11.30 pm on Sunday, while riding a bicycle along Penco Avenue in Longdenville. After pleading guilty to the offence, Ashton’s lawyer Bhimal Maharajh sought to give an explanation for his client’s actions.

Maharajh claimed that Ashton was at his cousin’s home with his girlfriend when his brother called to say that their mother was feeling unwell. He claimed that his client rode his bicycle and was attempting to avoid being spotted when he was intercepted by police.

Noting that Ashton had a clean criminal record, Maharajh pleaded for leniency.

“He is remorseful to the court however the basis for the breach was aiding his ailing mother,” Maharajh said.

Magistrate Murray fined Ashton and gave him six months in which to pay. In the event that he fails to do so by the deadline, he will be imprisoned for six months.

Under the regulations, the maximum penalty for a breach is a $250,000 fine and six months in prison.