An 18-year-old American arrested for breaking strict quarantine guidelines on the Cayman Islands will serve a two-month sentence as a substitute of 4 after an appeals courtroom agreed to chop her penalty in half, based on the woman’s lawyer.
The teenager, Georgia resident Skylar Mack, alongside along with her boyfriend Vanjae Ramgeet had been each handed decreased punishments on Tuesday, Mack’s legal professional Jonathan Hughes instructed CBS.
“While it was our hope that Skylar would have the ability to return dwelling to renew her research in January, we settle for the choice of the courtroom and look ahead to receiving its written causes in the end,” he stated.
The 2 had been initially taken into custody in November and later sentenced to 4 months behind bars for working afoul of the islands’ coronavirus restrictions, however an appeals courtroom dominated the punishments had been “not acceptable” given the character of the case.
After flying to Grand Cayman final month, Mack was ordered to self-isolate for 14 days and given an digital wristband to trace her actions, additionally signing a doc agreeing to stay inside her lodging except granted permission to depart. Two days later, nonetheless, Mack was noticed at a jet ski competitors with Ramgeet, who lives on the islands, and apparently with out her wristband. The pair was then reported to the police, dropped at a compulsory quarantine heart and charged for breaching the Covid-19 measures.
Mack and Ramgeet had been initially fined $2,600 and given 40 hours of group service every, however prosecutors appealed, convincing the courtroom the punishments had been too lenient and to resentence the couple to 4 months in jail. In his new ruling, Choose Roger Chapple blasted the pair for a “flagrant breach… borne of selfishness and vanity.”
This was totally deliberate and deliberate, as evidenced by [Mack’s] need to change her wristband the day earlier than to a looser one which she was then capable of take away.
Whereas it stays unclear precisely what swayed the appeals courtroom to reverse the ruling but once more, Mack’s household has reportedly known as on the US authorities to intervene within the case, arguing the 18-year-old had been handled unjustly by native authorities.
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