Deputy Chief Magistrate Tells Accused: Lockdown Is Not for ‘Shacking up’

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Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes cautioned two accused cousins against ‘shacking up.’

The two cousins Thorne Sampson and Terez Johnson of Gambier Village were charged on Tuesday with violations of the weekend lockdown orders.

One of the pair reportedly rented an AirBnB because his girlfriend “wanted to do something nice for the weekend”, but he along with his cousin left shortly after 1 am after getting into an intense argument with his girlfriend.

Both Sampson and Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of violation of orders and was strongly chastised by the Deputy Magistrate.

Forbes said, “The purpose of the lockdown isn’t to shack-up. The purpose of the lockdown is to try to separate persons.”

Forbes admonished the men to make better decisions.

“There are two heads on a male,” he continued. “Use the one on your shoulders.”

Sampson rationalized his reason for breaching the violation, “I rather did take my chances with the police,” he said, when explaining why he decided to leave at 1am and said his phone was broken which prevented him from calling 311.

The men were fined $500 or three months in prison.

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