Nine people who were arrested on Monday night for gathering in a group of more than five, in contravention of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] Regulations, 2020, have all appeared before an Arima Magistrate. 

The nine, who are between the ages of 18 and 45, all pleaded not guilty to the offence. They each received bail in the sum of $50,000 and the matter was adjourned to June 1. The nine were detained during a wake for murder victim David Fernandez, who was gunned down on April 21, in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca. 

Police said that at about 6 pm on Monday, a team of officers from the Northern Division Task Force, got intelligence that a large group had gathered. They made their way to the location given and observed a group that exceeded five persons. 

The group was warned that they were committing an offence. However, police said, they refused to disperse and even got rowdy upon being confronted by officers. Realizing the situation was escalating, nine persons, including three women, were detained and taken to the Arouca Police Station.