An american teenagerCayman Islands for trespassing The ban would only serve two months behind bars, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Skylar Mack, a 21-year-old college student, was arrested on 29 November after breaking quarantine for taking part in her boyfriend’s jet ski competition.
Lawyer Jonathan Hughes told CBS News that Mack and her boyfriend, Vanje Ramjeet, were originally sentenced to four months in prison, but the sentence was reduced to two months.
Hughes said the appeals court agreed that the four-month sentence was “not appropriate” given the circumstances of the case. Hughes said in a statement, “When we expected Skyler to be able to return home to resume his studies in January, we accept the court’s decision and look forward to receiving its written reasons.”
Hughes said, a pre-med student at Mercer University in Georgia, Mack flew to Grand Cayman on 27 November. He was ordered to quarantine for 14 days and was given a smart wristband and cell phone. Mac signed a document agreeing not to leave him a place to be isolated without consent and to remove his wristbands.
Two days later, she was seen in a jet skiing competition with Ramjeet, a resident of Cayman Islands. Mac was not seen wearing her wristbands and they were both reported to the local police and taken to the mandatory quarantine facility.
Hughes said that on December 4, Mack was charged with leaving her home during the mandatory quarantine period and Ramjeet was accused of being with Hughes. Later that day, the two were given 40 hours of community service and fined $ 2,600 each.
Prosecutors appealed the sentence as condemnable. The Cayman Islands Grand Court agreed and the young couple were jailed for four months. As he has already served 1 week, he should be released in about 4 weeks, according to Hughes.
Judge Roger Chappell delivered his ruling at the December 15 hearing. “It was a violation as imagined, it was born out of selfishness and arrogance,” Chappell said, according to the Cayman Composer newspaper. “This was completely deliberate and planned, as demonstrated by the desire to relax her wristband a day earlier which she was then able to remove.”
Her family has condemned the four-month sentence, saying she has been mistreated and has called on the Trump administration to intervene. His father, Dennis Mack, said he does not know why anyone has taken “personal vengeance” against his daughter. “We are kind at the mercy of another country,” he told CBS-affiliated WGCL.
The Cayman Islands have reported 316 positive coronavirus cases. More than 280 patients have been recovered, while two residents have died.