CoP: Appeal filed following dismissal of ‘COVID-19 party’ cases

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    An appeal has been filed by the T&T Police Service following the dismissal of cases against 12 persons accused of breaching public health regulations at a guest house in April.

    This announcement comes from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith via a media release sent today.

    The persons, including foreign nationals, were arrested at a ‘COVID-19 Quarantine Party’ at Alicia’s Guest House in Cascade, allegedly breaking the five-person restriction on gathering in place at the time.

    The TTPS says when the matter was called on November 2nd 2020, the complainants, witnesses and defence were ready to move forward with the trial as ordered by the magistrate.

    However, according to the release, the police prosecutor requested that the file to be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in light of the public interest in the case.

    The TTPS claims this was rejected and the matters were dismissed.

    The Police Commissioner says an appeal has been made as he does not believe the interest of justice has been served.