The West London man has been prosecuted by police and fined for standing in the street on the same day he is accused of holding a lockdown garden party on Downing Street.
Noordeem Mohamed, 28, is among hundreds who were taken to court for flouting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown rules when they were first imposed in spring 2020.
A resident of Hayes, west London, is stopped by Met Police officers in Ealing Road in the early hours of May 20, 2020 and accused of gathering “without reasonable excuse” of more than two people.
Court documents show that Mohamed was convicted of a breach of health safety regulations at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and would have to pay a £100 fine and £134 in court costs and fees within a month, or face possible bailiff action. was ordered to do.
On the same day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, is accused of inviting more than 100 people working in Downing Street to a “bring your own wine” garden party.
Lockdown rules at the time banned gatherings of more than two people from different households, while Londoners were strictly limited by law on reasons to be out of their homes.
When businesses were ordered to close, bereaved relatives were banned from attending funerals, and the public was told to stay at home – under rules strictly enforced by the police, The PM is vehemently criticizing the claims of many parties in the heart of the government.
Scotland Yard has said it is “in touch” with the Cabinet Office regarding the alleged Downing Street Garden party, but is awaiting the findings of an internal Cabinet Office investigation into several allegations of rule-breaking parties in 2020.
New figures released on Tuesday show that 807 fixed penalty notices were issued for COVID rule violations in England and Wales in the week between May 15 and May 21, 2020.
Court documents show that he was prosecuted for offenses committed in the same week, for attending unlawful gatherings and being out of the home without “reasonable excuse”.
On May 16, 2020 – the day of another Downing Street Garden gathering, which is under investigation – Tavos Abdullah, 22, was charged with failing to go home after being ordered to leave the street by a police officer.
The Hayes resident was “advised to social distance and go home” in Hounslow at 12.30 pm, but was seen with the same man 45 minutes later. Abdullah was convicted and the court ordered a payment of £384.
The same day, 21-year-old Ahmed Noori of Maida Wale was stopped by police for “walking shoulder to shoulder” on the street with a man he didn’t live with. He was also ordered by a magistrate to pay £384.
On May 13, 2020 – the day Boris Johnson increased the fines for those breaking lockdown rules – two men in the temporary hotel accommodation they were staying in were let off by police to a room.
One was given three months’ conditional leave by the court, while the other was fined £150 with money to be deducted from his benefits.
Reynolds’s colleagues in Downing Street have come under intense fire since emails encouraging them to “make the most of the lovely season” with “socially distancing drinks” in the garden were first revealed.
Four residents of west London – Adam Golambyski, 54, Kamil Nickel, 24, Pavel Zarnecki, 46, and Alexandra Sislak, 37 – spent a total of around £2,500 for sitting and drinking together in a park in Ealing in mid-April 2020 Fine was imposed.
Violating the rule of no more than two gatherings, Sislak told police they were “just sitting comfortably” with cans of beer and a BBQ nearby.
“I told them all they couldn’t drink in the park,” Sergeant Guy Rooney told the court. “It was clear that none of the group was from the same family, nor did they have any reason to be out in the park other than to drink.”
More than £1.2 million has been imposed for purposes by the courts in London for breaking government rules during the pandemic. Many criminals were tried through a single justice process, away from open court, in closed-door hearings.