Street preacher wins Covid-19 arrest case

Street preacher wins Covid-19 arrest case
Andrew Sathiyavan (Source: Christian Legal Centre)
Mike Judge
Mike Judge Mike Judge. Editor of Evangelical Times, and pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church in Manchester.
22 June, 2022 2 min read

A Christian street preacher who was arrested on Easter Sunday 2020 for supporting homeless people during the Covid lockdown has won his two-year legal battle.

Andrew Sathiyavan, 47, was arrested, detained in a police cell, and issued with a fine for preaching and supporting the homeless during lockdown.

A Deputy District Judge had initially upheld his fine, but now a Crown Court Judge has overturned that decision.

Ruling in his favour, the Crown Court emphasised that Sathiyavan’s ‘motives were genuine; that he believed he was carrying out a serious endeavour’.

The ruling states that Sathiyavan had a reasonable excuse for leaving his house during the lockdown under the regulations and that he was providing ‘voluntary and charitable services’.

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