Good Samaritan spared mandatory breach of curfew fine

Alvin Rhaburn

For months now, there has been a curfew where persons who are not on-duty frontline personnel and those with emergencies must abide by. Currently, adults must be inside their homes by 8:00 p.m. and that is why when police met 42-year-old Alvin Rhaburn, a watchman of Antelope Street, out after hours, he was arrested and charged for breach of curfew. Rhaburn, however, said that he had a reasonable excuse to be out and that is exactly what he defended before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in court on Monday, January 11, 2021. He says that on the night before, the sideboard of his neighbor’s house fell off. That woman, according to Rhaburn, does not have any men at home to have assisted her that night and it was in helping her to solve her issue that he was outside of his house at 9:00 p.m. Rhaburn says that he did not expect that the job would have taken as long as it did and when the police met him walking to his home, he tried to explain to them the situation but they were not understanding.
Senior Magistrate Ford explained to him that while she understood that he was being helpful to his neighbor, he must be mindful of the time. She sent him home with only a warning and he was spared from paying the otherwise mandatory fine of $500.
Rhaburn must consider himself lucky as the last man, who came before the court and told the magistrate that he saw a woman being taken advantage of by some men who tried to rob her of her purse was not so lucky. That man was arrested, charged, and fined for breach of curfew.