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Short Update: Judge questions coronavirus case against ‘homeless’ London man

FairTrialsAdmin - May 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

 A judge has questioned the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to charge a man who said he was homeless with allegedly breaching coronavirus regulations by leaving “the place where he was living”. 

The dispute over the legality of emergency powers at Westminster magistrates court on Monday comes amid a CPS review of all charges brought under coronavirus health regulations because of recent errors. 

Sultan Monsour, 45, was arrested at London’s Liverpool Street station on 5 May and charged with being “outside of the place where you were living, namely no fixed address”. 

The district judge, Alexander Jacobs, questioned the legality of the charge but the prosecutor, Malachy Pakenham, said the CPS was determined to pursue the matter. 

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