Nariah Ellison said ‘there was nothing the police could do’ (Picture: Manchester Evening News)
A teenager who told police there was ‘nothing they could do’ when they caught him breaking lockdown rules has been fined.
Nariah Ellison, 18, was spotted with a group of people in Manchester city centre during the first coronavirus lockdown back in April.
They were approached by a police officer at around 7pm who asked why they were out and reminded them of the restrictions in place.
Ellison ‘told the officer he didn’t care and that there was nothing the police could do, the city’s magistrates’ court heard.
Prosecutor Nicola Morgan said the teenager was warned that if he failed to comply, the officer would have no option but to issue a fine.
He was then given a fixed penalty notice after refusing to provide his personal details.
When he failed to pay it, he was hauled to court.
Ellison, from Moss Side, appeared before magistrates’ on Friday.
He pleaded guilty to an offence of leaving or being outside of a place where living in England, without reasonable excuse, during the coronavirus emergency period under the Health Protection Regulations.
The teenager was fined £40 and ordered to pay a further £46 in court costs and a £34 surcharge.
Nariah Ellison pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates’ Court (Picture: Manchester Evening News)
Chair of the bench Richard Blackman told him: ‘The officer gave you the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice but you are now going to have to pay a bigger penalty because you simply didn’t want to comply.
‘Do you understand why you should have complied?
‘You must have seen many people unwell and the need for the restrictions to stop the virus spreading?’
Ellison replied: ‘Yes.’
Mr Blackman added: ‘We have noted a little bit of remorse there, not a huge amount but a little bit.
‘You understand why your actions were wrong that’s the important thing.
‘When you are told not to be somewhere, then it’s clear you shouldn’t be.’
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