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Two fined for poaching sea eggs


Two fined for poaching sea eggs
Richard Anderson Marshall (left) and Kevin Andrew Luke being escorted to Court on Tuesday. (Picture by Shanice King)

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Two men were fined for poaching sea eggs during the closed season.

Kevin Andrew Luke, a 36-year-old water sports operator, of College Savannah No. 2, St John, and unemployed Richard Anderson Marshall, 43, of Marley Vale, St Philip, both pleaded guilty to having a quantity of sea egg roe during the closed season, without obtaining written permission from the Chief Fisheries Officer.

Both men also admitted to breaching COVID-19 Directive No. 4, which is in place from February 18-28, 2021, by visiting Bath Beach, St John, other than for the purpose of swimming or exercising.

They appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the St Matthias Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Luke was fined $100 to be paid in 14 days for having the sea eggs. If left unpaid, he will spend a week in jail. He was also fined $1 000 in four months for breaching the directive. In default, he will spend three months in prison.

Meanwhile, Marshall was fined $250 forthwith for the sea eggs and $1 000 in three months for breaching curfew. The former was paid. If the latter remains unpaid, he would be made to spend three months in jail.

There was no sea egg season in 2020. (RA)