Cannonier questioned as the covid breach traial continues. Just before
Prosecutor Alan Richards formally closed the Crown’s case against alleged COVID regulation breachers Sophia Cannonier and Michael Watson in Magistrate’s Court yesterday, the Court was shown a video of Ms. Cannonier, Mr. Watson and their children exiting L.F. Wade
International Airport on July 11 of last year.
In the video, which was part of a live video feed conducted by TNN, the family was greeted by around 10 to 20 friends and supporters. Ms. Cannonier and Mr. Watson briefly spoke with TNN’s reporter Trevor Lindsay before walking past the bus that was assigned to take them to their designated hotel and
leaving the airport in a private car.
After the Crown’s case closed, Ms. Cannonier took the stand and was examined by her and her husband’s lawyer Marc Daniels.
Ms. Cannonier said that Mr. Watson completed the required Travel Authorization form for all four family members to the best of his ability and paid the $75 fee for each form. With four separate forms completed, $300 was spent just on the authorization fees.
She made it clear that Mr. Watson did not check the boxes for hotel accommodation on the form, however.
This is because, according to her, her family could not afford to stay at a hotel for 14 nights during one of the busiest times of the season. That would have cost them around $10,000 ($4,000 for each room, excluding food).
Ms. Cannonier also told the Court that her and her family contracted COVID in January of last year and were contacted by her physician while they were in quarantine, to check if they had
developed natural antibodies to the virus.
Ms. Cannonier believes that, since she and her family had developed natural antibodies, they did not need to get the vaccine, because they are already immune. Despite this belief, their
antibodies were not even considered or looked at by the nurse on duty at the airport on the date in question.
She also told the Court that no one that she spoke to at the airport that day personally instructed her to go onto a bus that would take them to their designated hotel, no one had told her that.
The trial, and Ms. Cannonier’s testimony will continue at a later date which is yet to be determined.
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Story courtesy of TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda