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Man who failed to wear face mask at Armagh store fined £500

A Hamiltonsbawn man who failed to wear a mask whilst in an Armagh store has been ordered to pay a fine of £500.

The 31-year-old’s barrister told court: “This would have been a £60 fine if he dealt with it properly….his actions were stupid to the extreme.”

Jonathan Foster, of Bawn Manor, pleaded guilty to failing to wear a face covering at Armagh Magistrates’, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

None of the facts in relation to the case were heard, but the particulars outline that the offence occurred on November 9 at the Fruitfield Service Station on the Portadown Road, Armagh.

Entering the plea, defence barrister Conor Coulter stated that his client never sought to contest the issue of wearing a mask but the requirement for him to give his details to police.

He added: “This would have been a £60 fine if he dealt with it properly….his actions were stupid to the extreme.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly ordered that Foster pay a fine of £500, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 12 weeks.

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