Chief magistrate raps prison

Posted on January 19, 2021

Posted on January 19, 2021

Chief magistrate raps prisonBen Graham Fergusson (right) on his way back to HMP Dodds yesterday. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)

CHIEF MAGISTRATE IAN WEEKES unleashed a tongue-lashing on prison authorities yesterday after a Scottish quarantine-breaker was left languishing at HMP Dodds without a phone call despite the court’s express instructions from Saturday.

Ben Graham Fergusson, 29, was the visitor who walked out of his quarantine hotel, twice, to buy beer.

The gardener, who was staying at Bougainvillea Hotel, appeared before the Chief Magistrate over the weekend.

He pleaded guilty that in contravention of Paragraph 10 of the Emergency Management COVID-19 Protocols Special Curfew No. 2 Directive 2021, in that there being a directive requiring every person to observe such social distancing and associated protocols in the interest of public health imposed from January 6 to 31, he being a person placed in quarantine at Bougainvillea, he failed to obey the directive of the Chief Medical Officer on January 14 and again on January 15. (HLE)

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