200 euro fine and 4 months jail for not wearing a mask on a bus
A man in Gran Canaria has been sentenced to four months in prison and fined 200 euros, for using intercity public transport in Las Palmas last Thursday without wearing a mask, and subsequently having an altercation with a policemen who tried to make him see reason.
The ruling was issued yesterday (Friday) by Court No3 in Las Palmas, in accordance with decrees under the state of alarm.
The judicial resolution declares it has proven that at 11:30am last Thursday, the accused was at the bus station on Avenida Rafael Cabrera in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and he boarded a bus bound for Maspalomas, doing so without the mandatory use of a mask.
For this reason, two National Police officers went on to the bus, and within the legitimate exercise of their duties, duly informed him of the mandatory use of masks on public transport, and that he was required to wear one.
However, the accused, "repeatedly refused, clinging tightly to the seat of the bus, refusing to wear a mask, or get off the bus," which is why they proceeded to arrest him. Furthermore, the officers said that he had "a total disregard for the principle of authority they represent, and in order to hinder their function, he began to struggle with them."
From this, one of the policemen had minor injuries to his right elbow, and an abrasion to his left forearm, while the other had scratches to his forearm.
The man has started to serve his sentence with immediate effect.