An eighteen-year-old woman has been sentenced to 4 months in prison for breaking quarantine rules in the Cayman Islands for the most “pointless” reason…
And there’s no denying that not everyone took these new rules seriously.
Its been a big and very bizarre adjustment…
But even though many of these new rules are an inconvenience, it’s vital to stick by them in order to prevent the spread of the virus and ultimately, save lives.
There have been many people out there refusing to abide by the rules that have been issued by their governments and health authorities.
We’ve heard many stories of people actively breaking the rules, but the most recent viral story has attracted a lot of attention.
While some countries might not be taking the pandemic seriously…
The islands in the Caribbean Sea have a fourteen-day quarantine protocol in place which means visitors must stay inside their residence for 2 weeks before they’re allowed out.
However, she paid the ultimate price, earning herself a 4-month prison sentence after she left her residence for a pointless reason…
According to Buzzfeed and her lawyer, Jonathon Hughes, she flew to Grand Cayman on November 27th to visit her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, a twenty-four-year-old resident who was participating in a Jet Ski competition.
But she clearly didn’t take the rules of the island seriously, even though she was fitted with a geofencing wristband and issued a cellphone to monitor her movements during the isolation period. Rookie mistake.
But only 2 days after arriving in the area, she removed her tag and went to the beach to watch her boyfriend at the competition, thinking all the pre-preparations were just a scare tactic.
After interacting with several other people at the event, the organizers were alerted to her breach and they then notified the police.
When she was questioned by the authorities, she admitted that she had in fact violated her contract without permission and was taken to a government quarantine facility along with her boyfriend.
Mack was charged with breaking the mandatory fourteen-day quarantine, and Ramgeet was charged with “aiding and abetting her.”
They both pleaded guilty and they were each sentenced to forty hours of community service and a $2,600 fine.
The country’s public prosecutor said their sentences were “unduly lenient” and then appealed to the court, saying they should receive prison sentences for their crimes.
“These offenses should have been met with far more stringent measures. When it comes to a matter of deterrence, the sentence imposed [is] likely to have little to no effect on other like-minded individuals.”
He also said that she was left with a huge hole in her bank account after paying the fine and also received hate mail for her actions.
However, things didn’t go in their favor.
The Cayman Compass reported that they were both sentenced to 4 months in prison.
Chapple also added that Mack’s actions were “entirely deliberate and planned, as evidenced by her desire to switch her wristband the day before to a looser one that she was then able to remove.”
“My actions spoke of nothing but complete disrespect by disobeying my quarantine rules,” she wrote in the letter provided to the Caymanian Times. “I am aware that the Cayman Islands Government has done nothing but dedicate extreme caution to combat the spread of Covid-19, for this the country and its citizens can be extremely proud; I made a mistake, and words cannot express how sorry I am for this.”
“She cries. She wants to come home. She knows she made a mistake. She owns up to that, but she’s pretty hysterical right now.”
She also said this: “We’re not asking for her to get an exception. We’re asking for her not to be the exception.”
“I don’t know why someone is taking it so personal or [has] such a vendetta toward my daughter or toward an American eighteen-year-old girl who was there on a vacation and who made a mistake,” her father, Dennis Mack, who is a professional Jet Skier, told CBS 46 News. “It’s absolutely heart-wrenching that you take someone so special… The rest of her life is getting torn away from her.”
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. No other phrase has summed up a situation as perfectly as this before.
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