Ediane Ribeiro Ramos, 40, allegedly broke the strict stay-at-home rule twice in September after flying back to the UK from Brazil on August 26. Government quarantine rules at the time insisted on self-isolation for 14-days after entering Britain from a country without a ‘travel corridor’ exemption.
In the first prosecution of its kind in London, Ribeiro Ramos allegedly admitted leaving home to shop for “essential groceries” on September 3, and headed into central London four days later.
“Ediane Ribeiro Ramos stated (she) needed to visit the Barclay’s bank in Tottenham Court Road as they required ID to be presented to the branch as the account had been blocked”, PC Christopher Glanfield told Westminster magistrates court.
The officer said no one was home on September 3 when he visited, and he saw Ribeiro Ramos walking along the street with another woman following her visit to Tottenham Court Road on September 7.
“I explained…that the reasons provided were not acceptable”, he said.
Ribeiro Ramos faced police action after a tip-off to Public Health England. Her case is due back in court on Friday for a plea to the charge of leaving or being outside of place where self-isolating.
In a separate coronavirus breach prosecution, 29-year-old Daniel Natoro was accused of hosting an illegal drum-and-bass party at a rented Knightsbridge apartment in June.
However the case against him was abandoned after he insisted he hates drum-and-bass, and his details must have wrongly been given to police who broke up the late-night party at Knightsbridge Mansions.
“It was not me you guys spoke to, I was never there at all”, he wrote to the court. “Someone just gave my name. I have no reason to lie to you. The fine can’t be charged to me.”
Police described the party organiser as having a “heavy build” with two silver teeth, and the case was dropped when Mr Natoro sent in a copy of his passport as proof of identity.
“Please double check on your end, it’s going to be a waste of time taking me to court”, he added. “P.S. I really hate drum and bass music, that’s the last party I’d ever be in.”