BREACHING TIER 4 RESTRICTIONS SEES CARE WORKER IN COURT – DESPITE HER EFFORTS TO PAY £100 FINE

A mental health care worker who was found in a car with 3 passengers during strict Tier 4 COVID restrictions has been handed a conditional discharge at court.

Romy Vince, 39, of Cockleton Lane in Gurnard, found herself before Magistrates on Tuesday despite making every attempt to avoid such action.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that at around 19:00 on 12th February last year, officers spotted a VW Golf with a headlight out on Furlongs, Newport. The vehicle was stopped and 4 people were found to be in the car at a time when Tier 4 restrictions were in force preventing more than 2 people from meeting.

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According to the Police report, the vehicle smelt of cannabis and that all persons inside the car were not only from different households, but were known to Police too. No drugs were located, however.

Defending, Oscar Vincent drew comparisons to the Government’s alleged breach of COVID restrictions on ‘no less than 9 occassions’, saying that the claimed breaching from the country’s leaders was far in excess of that committed by Vince, who works hard as a mental health care worker for the Isle of Wight Council.

Mr Vincent explained that his client was not well known to Police with no previous convictions.

The court heard that the matter had ended up before the bench because Vince was unable to pay the £100 fine issued to her by letter. She had, on multiple occasions, tried to phone the payment line but was unable to get through. She also tried emailing but to no avail. On one occasion she went into Newport Police Station to try and resolve the matter.

Magistrates also heard that when the matter was passed to the court some 7 months after the COVID breach, Vince went online and pleaded guilty straight away. However, due to inconsistencies with the Police and prosecution’s information, the matter could not be heard until the Single Justice Procedure rules and therefore ended up in court room.

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Taking everything into account, Magistrates handed Romy Vince a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay a £22 surcharge.

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Yournotme
Yournotme
5 months ago

Ridiculous, it’s ok for the government to party and mingle together, should of been chucked out of court with all this news of our joke of a government at the moment!

The Bear
The Bear
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5 months ago

£22 is not a lot to pay but 100% agree there should have been no charge Fine Boris instead.

rodney burt
rodney burt
5 months ago

Is anyone surprised Boris is setting a great example

Nobody
Nobody
5 months ago

This is an absolute disgrace ?! Some kind of joke. Id say write a letter to Our MP … but… You get where I’m going with this, right ?

Timmy
Timmy
5 months ago

Can I just clear this up, boris was NOT at a party he had wine and cheese but never knew he was at a party with 30+ people all working hard while we were all where in lockdown! Get the jab aswell it really does possibly, maybe,could,might,perhaps, who knows? Help you against covid

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
5 months ago

the vehicle smelt of cannabis and that all persons inside the car were not only from different households, but were known to Police too
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there is the answer – this had nothing to do with tier 4

Daniel
Daniel
5 months ago

While I agree with the fine handed out, I find myself, yet again, in a state of shock regarding the police/courts action. This woman has admitted the offence And tried to pay the subsequent fine. The courts should’ve at least seen that and stuck to the original fine.
I won’t be surprised to see her back in court again for ‘non-payment’, even when she has tried.

 

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