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Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:12 AM
Mia Mottley
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Curfew charge dropped against Kari Douglas

Controversial councillor Kari Douglas was absolved of breaching a coronavirus curfew when the charge was withdrawn in the St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

Douglas, who represents the Trafalgar division in St Andrew South East, was charged under the Disaster Risk Management Act on April 7. She was also slapped with a charge of disorderly conduct.

Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie argued in court that Douglas was exempted under the act because she was on her way home after attending to lawful duties in her division.

Reports are that Douglas was driving along Meadowbrook Avenue in St Andrew around 9:28 p.m. when she was stopped by the police. While being questioned, she allegedly became boisterous and hurled abusive language at the police.

Douglas will return to court on January 13, 2021, to face the charge of disorderly conduct.

Man killed in Spanish Town

Attackers shot and killed a man along Burke Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Tuesday morning.

Reports from the police are that about 9:30, explosions were heard and the man's body found in a pool of blood.

About 11:15 a.m. while the scene was been processed, a group of gunmen entered from March Pen Road fired a barrage of shots, causing commuters to scamper for cover.

Police and military personnel converged on the scene but the the attackers escaped.

The business district was adversely affected, with a gas station and other businesses closing early.

The motive for the attack was unclear.

Barbados to allow civil unions for gays

The Mia Mottley administration has pledged to recognise civil unions for same-sex couples, the Barbados Nation has reported.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in the Throne Speech in Parliament at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The government said that the legislative move would protect gays from discrimination. The decision will be put to a referendum.

Mason said that Barbados would have to change “how we treat to human sexuality and relations” if it wanted to be viewed as a progressive country.

“My government will do the right thing, understanding that this, too, will attract controversy," she said.

"Equally, it is our hope that with the passage of time, the changes we now propose will be part of the fabric of our country’s record of law, human rights and social justice.”