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...
Since the pandemic kicked off back in March, some very big changes have been made...
via: GettyAnd there's no denying that not everyone took these new rules seriously.
Its been a big and very bizarre adjustment...
via: GettyBut 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.
But of course...
via: GettyThere have been many people out there refusing to abide by the rules that have been issued by their governments and health authorities.
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via: GettyWe'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...
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The Cayman Islands is one of those places with strict regulations in place.
via: ShutterstockThe 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.
But one woman from the United States thought she would be able to cheat the system...
via: ShutterstockHowever, she paid the ultimate price, earning herself a 4-month prison sentence after she left her residence for a pointless reason...
And it seems as though no one has any sympathy for her whatsoever...
Skylar Mack is an eighteen-year-old from the United States.
via: InstagramAccording 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.
So obviously, she wanted to be there to support him.
via: FacebookBut 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.
Not only that, but she also signed a document in which she agreed that she was forbidden to leave her room in that time.
via: ShutterstockBut 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.
Little did she know what was in store for her violations.
via: ShutterstockAfter interacting with several other people at the event, the organizers were alerted to her breach and they then notified the police.
At the time she was found, she was not wearing the wristband or even a mask.
via: FacebookWhen 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.
And a few days later, she was charged.
via: FacebookMack 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.
But this is when things took a more drastic turn...
via: ShutterstockThe 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.
Patrick Moran said this:
via: Shutterstock"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."
However, Mack's lawyer stated that it was too harsh of a sentence for a young offender that had already pleaded guilty.
via: FacebookHe 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.
Her boyfriend also faced some pretty intense consequences including being banned from jet skiing for a period of time.
via: FacebookHowever, things didn't go in their favor.
Grand Court Justice Roger Chapple said the couple's actions were "borne of selfishness and arrogance."
via: YouTubeThe 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."
After the sentencing, Mack issued an apology letter to the government and the people of the island.
via: YouTube"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."
Her grandmother, Jeanne Mack has also spoken out, saying she's "crying hysterically."
via: YouTube"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."
Mack's lawyer will now be appealing to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal to reduce Mack's and Ramgeet's sentences.
via: YouTube"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."