Kari Douglas gets off curfew charge as prosecutors drop case
Attorney Peter Champagnie and his client, Kari Douglas.
Two-term Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in the Kingston and St Andrew municipality, Kari Douglas, had a charge of breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act against her withdrawn when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.
Prosecutors withdrew the charge after attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who represented Douglas, made a case that Douglas, as a Councillor, was exempted under the Disaster Risk Management Act.
Champagnie argued that Douglas was in the process of going home after attending to lawful duties, when she was arrested.
Douglas was arrested by officers from the Constant Spring Police Station in St Andrew at about 9:28 pm on April 7, for breaching the curfew order that was implemented by the Government in the effort to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.
According to the police, after Douglas was stopped along Meadowbrook Avenue in St Andrew, she failed to identify herself as a member of the essential service, as is laid down by law.
The police said Douglas then became boisterous and started hurling abusive language at the law enforcers, stating that they were “idiots” and “dunce” before being arrested and later offered $20,000 bail.
Douglas, in a Loop News interview at the time, said she believed politics was involved in her arrest. She had switched from the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) to the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in February of this year.
She is scheduled to return to the Petty Sessions Court on January 13 to answer to the charge of disorderly conduct.