Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2022. 4:22 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Belize City taxi driver who was charged for breach of curfew before COVID-19 regulations were relaxed was fined over $500 in court today.
Thirty-five-year-old Germangildo Hill Chen appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court charged with a single count of breach of curfew which he was handed back in February. He was also to show up to court daily for 31 days as was required by the regulations.
He quickly pleaded guilty to the charge. When asked by the Magistrate why he should not receive a fine of $1,000, he explained that he was outside when police found him, because his landlord had locked him out of his home. He added that when the officers found him he was sitting inside his vehicle with the engine and lights off.
He was fined $550 plus $5 cost of court which he must pay by December 29.
During the pandemic, there was a countrywide curfew in place that restricted movement. The start time for the curfew was adjusted several times and alternated between 7-9 pm, and ended at 4 am.
That curfew and many other regulations came to an end on March 1.
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