Girl (16) Imprisoned For Breaching Covid-19 Lockdown Regulations:
A Chinhoyi teenage girl who was arrested while loitering past curfew hours has found herself caught up as she is in urgent need to raise $15,000 before the 25th of February to escape a jail term.
According to iHarare 16-year-old Blessing Macharika was found guilty of breaching Section 25 (2) of Statutory Instrument 10/21 – disobeying curfew orders and regulation when she appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Melody Rwizi.
Magistrate Rwizi also convicted the teenager for violating Section 4 (i)(a) of SI 83/20 that criminalizes unnecessary movement during the Covid-19 national lockdown.
Lucky enough the teenager was fined $15,000 that she has to raise on or before the 25 of February or spend 60 days behind bars.
As harsh as the sentence may look, the magistrate also exercised leniency by setting aside 30 days on the condition she does not commit a similar offence in the next two years.
It is the state’s case that on January 28, 2021, at around 11 PM, Blessing and her two unidentified male companions were loitering at Gadzema main bus terminus when they saw a team of police officers on patrol.
Upon seeing the police officers on duty the trio allegedly fled forcing the officers to run after them, Blessing was apprehended while her two male companions disappeared into the darkness.
Blessing was taken to Chemagamba Police Station and was charged for breaching Covid-19 National lockdown regulations.
In her ruling, the magistrate said in order to discourage would-be offenders the court must impose stiff penalties on national lockdown violators.
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