An outraged woman has complained after money was automatically taken from her bank account without her knowledge after learning she would be fined £10,000 Covid-19 in 2021.
Sunny-Jo Veasey, 28, is set to have £320 extracted from her account each month after a court hearing was held in her absence and they have set the charge at £2,026.
Sunny-Jo, from Sheffield, was first given a hefty fine while living on shared property with seven other people, Written Yorkshire Live.
She has complained about the ‘crushing’ fine amid the cost of living crisis and insists she didn’t hold a ‘rave-like gathering of over 30 people’ like it was stated on the indictment.
She also protested her situation compared to that of Boris Johnson and the UK government, who are still waiting to hear what their punishment will be after details of their unlawful lockdown gatherings were passed on to the Metropolitan Police.
She said: “They threw parties as they told everyone not to and nothing happened. It’s disgusting.
“Hopefully something will come out of this (the police investigation). If they can charge someone like me £2,000 they should get the same, although it will probably just be pocket money for them.”
Sunny-Jo was told by police she would be fined £10,000 when they attended a rally at the shared house she lived in on Ecclesall Road on February 28, 2021.
The country was on lockdown at the time and indoor gatherings were banned.
Sunny-Jo admits she was wrong to break the rules, but says she only invited eight friendly friends to the property and the event got ‘out of control’ when people nearby started to show up uninvited.
Sunny-Jo has now moved to a new house in Chapeltown and believes that all correspondence regarding the hearing went to her old home and that is why when the hearing took place she was unaware that it was taking place.
In his absence, she said it was decided that 17% of her monthly income would be used to pay the £2,026 fine, including £320 last month.
She said: “I didn’t know anything since the night it happened so I assumed nothing was coming of it.
“Then they took 17% of my earnings. I called the courts crying and trying to say I can’t afford it.
“The cost of living is exorbitant and you take so much out of my salary. »
Sunny-Jo has since been able to obtain the correspondence which she says was sent to her former estate and after speaking to the Department of Justice she appealed the court’s decision and another hearing is now scheduled for Thursday ( March 10).
Documents sent show Sunny-Jo was fined £10,000 for holding a ‘rave-like gathering of more than 30 people indoors in the Tier 4 area’. There was no letter saying the fine had been reduced to £2,026, but Sheffield Magistrates’ Court confirmed this happened at the hearing on October 13, 2021.
Sunny-Jo said: “I was living in a shed and had a few friends because my mental state was getting ridiculous because of the lockdown. I understand I broke some restrictions but not that crazy amount.
“Other people living in the house also had their friends and the next thing I remember it got wildly out of control. People just started pouring in through the doors.”
She said she considered calling the police, but her friends and housemates urged her not to in case she received a fine.
She said: “Looking back, I wish I had.
“The police came and it says in the statement that I accepted some responsibility.
“I will plead not guilty to hosting a rave-type party on Thursday.
“If it’s not changed, I’m going to be paying for this for ages. It’s going to change my finances, my life and my mental state for a very long time.”
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