Drunk man’s reasonable excuse for leaving home during lockdown was ‘going to West Ealing to buy cannabis’

A drunk man told police he was going to buy cannabis when asked why he was outside during lockdown.

Ahmed Aydid, 32, and two other friends were walking in the middle of South Road, Southall, at 4pm on Saturday, 18 April when officers on patrol stopped to question them.

They got out of their vehicle and, without success, encouraged the group to go home,.

According to court documents he was carrying out an ‘unessential journey as he claimed he was on his way to West Ealing to purchase cannabis,’ and ordered to pay £219.

He was only arrested after refusing to leave or disclose his home address, Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court heard.

Coming into force on March 26, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 make it a finable offence to leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’.

The regulations are reviewed every 21 days and were last reviewed on April 16.

Aydid, 32, of no fixed address, appeared at the magistrates court on 21 April and admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place, contravening a requirement as to restriction of movement during emergency period, contravening a direction or fail to comply with instruction and contravening a requirement to not participate in a gathering in public of more than two people.

He was fined £100, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £34.

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