A 39-year-old Special Reserve Police Constable (SRP) from Tobago is expected to go before Scarborough Magistrate Virtual Court, on Thursday 29th October 2020, to answer the charge of the Breach of a Quarantine Order.
An official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) states that WIMANA COMBIE, who is attached to the Guard Unit based at Scarborough Police Station, was contacted by the Health Department because he allegedly came into contact with someone who previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
According to the TTPS release, Combie, who resides at Plymouth, was tested on Sunday 16th August 2020, and was issued with a Quarantine Order for the period of 14 days—from August 16th 2020 to August 29th 2020—which he had signed voluntarily.
The order stated that the officer was assessed and found to be a possible risk for the transmission of the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer of Trinidad and Tobago, who is the Quarantine Authority—in accordance with the powers vested by the Quarantine Act chapter 28:05, and specifically Regulation 38 (1((b) of the Quarantine (Maritime) Regulations and Section 15 of the Quarantine (Air) Regulations—directed that COMBIE be quarantined for observation for 14 days.
During this quarantine period, the Plymouth resident would not be allowed to leave his place of abode. In addition, failing to comply with these quarantine directions meant he would be liable to conviction of a fine and imprisonment.
The TTPS release reports that during the period of his quarantine, Combie was reportedly seen at business places and other public spaces.
Concerned citizens reportedly contacted the Health Authority, and a report was made to the police.
Sgt Yorke attached to the Shirvan Road Police Station conducted enquiries and subsequently laid the charge.