Family of US student who broke Cayman Islands quarantine urge her release from prison
Skylar Mack has violated the country's strict quarantine laws
A US student was jailed in the Cayman Islands for four months after breaking quarantine rules to watch her boyfriend compete in a jet ski.
18-year-old Skylar Mack pleaded guilty to violating a 14-day isolation requirement for visitors to the British overseas territory in the Caribbean. Jeanne Mack, her grandmother, said, "She knows she screwed it up. She's crying, she wants to come home.
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"She knows she made a mistake, she made it up to her, but she's pretty hysterical right now." Ms. Mack, a medical student at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, stayed with Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, her boyfriend, a Cayman-based professional jet ski racer.
The student said she took a negative test for the coronavirus before leaving the United States and after arriving in the Cayman Islands.
As part of the quarantine restrictions, she was given an electronic tracking device to monitor her movements.
Two days after her stay, she gave up and went to the jet ski competition, which police said she spent seven hours in.
She and Ramgeet both pleaded guilty to violating quarantine requirements and were initially sentenced to 40 hours of community service and a US $ 2,600 fine.
However, the prosecutor appealed, arguing the sentence was not harsh enough, and they were then arrested.
The judge, Judge Roger Chapple, said, "This was as blatant a violation as anyone can imagine. It was born of selfishness and arrogance."
He added: "The seriousness of the violation was so great that the only appropriate punishment would have been immediate detention."
The Cayman Islands had just over 300 cases of coronavirus and two deaths during the pandemic.
Strict regulations have been put in place to keep the number of cases down.
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