The cells at Central Police Station were cleared on Thursday, so too was the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to make way for thorough cleaning to be done, following a court appearance yesterday by a man suspected to be a scabies sufferer.
The highly contagious disease, which is caused by an infestation of the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei, usually causes severe itching of the skin and is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.
However, unaware of the prisoner’s health condition, Magistrate Douglas Frederick reportedly adjudicated his matter yesterday before sending him off to jail.
Sometime after word came that the prisoner was suffering from scabies.
As a precautionary measure, the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court was cleared this morning and prisoners, who are usually housed at Central Police Station, were temporarily transferred to the holding cells at the Supreme Court while the necessary cleaning was carried out around noon today by workers in Hazmat suits.
So far there has been no indication that the disease has been transmitted to anyone in the court or prison system. However, there was concern today among staff in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that their work environment may have been compromised.
As such, they waited until Magistrate Graveney Bannister had concluded his sitting in District ‘A’ Traffic Court to conduct their court matters there.