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Student Fined £6,600 For Breaching Self-Isolation And Posting Photos Online

Student Fined £6,600 For Breaching Self-Isolation And Posting Photos Online

A student was hit with a £6,600 ($8,593) fine after she was caught breaking her self-isolation when she shared a photo of herself in a restaurant on Instagram.

Twenty-two-year-old Carys Ann Ingram refused to stick to the quarantine when she flew to Jersey from Manchester earlier this month, ITV reports.

Ingram flew in to visit family and was supposed to isolate after travelling from an 'amber region', which Manchester was at the time.

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Ingram chose to get tested after arriving, which meant she would have to isolate until testing negative on day five, but she was seen out shopping just three days after landing.

It was later found that someone who had sat near her on the flight had tested positive, so she was contacted, told to self-isolate and to get a test on day eight, which she didn't do.

While she should have been isolating, Ingram was seen in an area called First Tower and then at a restaurant a few days later.

Ingram visited a restaurant in St Ouen's Bay and took a photo of herself, which was seen by authorities after she shared it online, according to the Channel 103.

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At court she was ordered to pay £600 ($781) for the first breach and then £6,000 ($7,812) for the subsequent three.

If Ingram fails to pay the fine, she could face up to 24 weeks in prison.

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"This fine demonstrates that we will pursue prosecution for those found flouting the law. Anyone identified as a direct contact of a covid positive person must understand the importance of following public health advice and abiding by the law."

Back in July, a man who flew from Jersey to Guernsey was whacked with a £6,000 ($7,812) fine for breaching self-isolation rules to go and get a haircut.

A court heard that Gareth Le Monnier travelled from his home on Jersey to see his wife on the island of Guernsey on 3 July.

However, rather than quarantining himself for the 14 days, as directed under the rules of lockdown, the 37-year-old popped out for a haircut a couple of days before his isolation was due to end.

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Speaking during the hearing, judge Graeme McKerrell said: "This was a knowing and deliberate breach. I have read the letter but working out when 14 days expires is not rocket science.

"You have put your needs and the needs of your family before the wider public good, but it is the wider public good that has to prevail."

He added: "You have been selfish across the board."

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Topics: Students, Coronavirus

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Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]