Man in prison for repeated lockdown breaches

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A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to one month in prison after being warned several times about lockdown restrictions.

The Whanganui man had been verbally warned on five separate occasions regarding Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions says police Central District Commander Superintendent Chris de Wattignar.

“On the sixth breach the man had driven some distance away from his home address.”

He was spoken to by police and found to have no valid reason for again leaving his address.

Chris says this is a good reminder to follow the Alert Level 4 restrictions as people continuously breaking the restrictions will not be tolerated.

“Our first step has been to educate people on the rules, but if people continue to break them as in this case, police can use their discretion to warn people, or if necessary arrest them," says Chris.

"We are still at Alert Level 4, which means people should not be on our roads unless they are accessing essential services or delivering essential services.

“Police will continue to be visible on our roads and in our communities throughout the country as Alert Level 4 continues, to support our communities and keep people safe.”

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Tough 2

Posted on 19-04-2020 11:22 | By Justin T.

@tough; sorry but by your reasoning, the Police would prefer to have this isolation breaker roam around the country causing pockets of virus clusters? These people whether infected or not should be locked up because they are the ones that will have us in stage four for another month. And "now" we have a report of a Whanganui man (yes the same place, what a coincidence!) who can’t explain where he got Corona Virus from, or is too scared to say what he has been up to because he damn well knows he did the "wrong" thing, just like all of us know the lockdown rules. No excuses! Kindest Regards Justin T.


Posted on 19-04-2020 07:32 | By

@Justin the reason that police are doing there best not to arrest people is to avoid mass outbreaks in local police stations and prison cells

5 and not out

Posted on 18-04-2020 19:57 | By hapukafin

six warning, that mean you got 5 lives,he could have spread enough virus to kill dozens.What happened to the hard stand the police was going to take.Person I know in Aussie got fined $1600 for sawing down a blown over tree that was going to fall on their roof,


Posted on 18-04-2020 14:06 | By wayjan

I wonder what the other side to the story was!

Harden Up!

Posted on 18-04-2020 12:16 | By Justin T.

He was arrested for his sixth breach. So what we are teaching here is..... don’t bother taking the police seriously, there’s no need to respect the law and stuff everybody else. Come on people, harden-up! Regards Justin T.