Student, 22, fined £6,600 for not isolating after posting picture on Instagram

A student was fined £6,600 after being caught breaking self-isolation rules when she posted a picture on Instagram.

A court heard how Carys Ann Ingram, 22, visited a restaurant, went to a friend’s house, and went shopping when she was supposed to be in quarantine.

She was spotted in the seafront area of First Tower and then at El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay, where she shared a picture to her social media.

Ingram, who lives in Salford, flew into Jersey from Manchester to visit family on October 12.

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She was supposed to isolate until she had received a second negative test, which was due to be taken on day five of her visit.

But three days after arriving from city, which at the time was in tier 2, she was caught shopping in St Helier.

It was later found someone sitting near her on the flight had tested positive, and so she was contacted and told she must self-isolate and would have to undergo a further test eight days after her arrival.

Contact tracing teams made a number of attempts to find her at her home address, but they got no answer. She was finally reached by phone and later arrested.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching self-isolation regulations at the Magistrates’ Court in Jersey, and was fined a total of £6,600.

She was caught breaking rules four times – when out shopping, out for a meal at a restaurant, visiting a friend’s house, and not being at home when the enforcement team visited her. 

She was fined £600 for the first breach and £6,000 for the subsequent three – with the alternative of 24 weeks’ imprisonment.

The Strategic Lead for Contact Tracing, Monitoring and Enforcement, Caroline Maffia, said: ‘It is regrettable that someone should endanger the health of other Islanders after being informed of the need to self-isolate.

‘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.’

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