U.S. teen sent to jail for four months in Cayman Islands for not following quarantine orders

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Skylar Mack (18), who is a medical student at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, has been sent to jail for four months after removing a bluetooth enabled iMsafe wristband. The wristband is required to make sure visitors quarantine themselves after arriving on the island of Grand Cayman. The wristband works with a corresponding app on one’s phone to track the location of the wristband.

In court on Tuesday, Justice Roger Chapple overturned the 40 hours of community service handed to Mack and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet last week, in an effort to keep the Cayman Islands free of COVID-19. The judge took the action even though no one has been found to have contracted COVID-19 via Mack or Ramgeet.

The Judge Chapple said that Mack had committed a planned, selfish act and there was no alternative to a custodial sentence, despite her age, good character, admissions and her circumstances. He added that Ramgeet was older and should have known better when he assisted his girlfriend to attend the Jet Ski event where she was ultimately arrested.

Ramgeet and Mack could have received up to 15 months in jail; however, Chapple he reduced their jail time to four months since they plead guilty and will now reside in jail rather than enjoying the holidays at home.



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