U.S. teen jailed in Cayman Islands for breaking Covid protocols returns home

An 18-year-old American student who broke the mandatory 14-day quarantine protocol for visitors to the Cayman Islands has returned home.

After spending a month behind bars in the Cayman Islands, Skylar Mack arrived at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after her release from prison, ABC daughter KABC TV reported.

When asked how she felt coming home, Mack said, according to the news channel, “Very excited. Happy to be at home. “

Mack, a Georgia medical student, traveled to the Cayman Islands on November 27 to visit her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, for a jet ski competition. Mack said she was isolated for two days and tested negative for Covid-19 before abandoning her tracking device and breaking mandatory quarantine to enter her friend’s competition.

Mack and Ramgeet were initially sentenced to 40 hours of community service and a fine of $ 2,600 after pleading guilty to violating Covid-19 protocols. However, an appellate judge sentenced the duo to a more severe sentence for their “selfishness and arrogance” Cayman compass reported.

Her family sought help from President Donald Trump after they were sentenced to four months in prison, which was later reduced to two months.

Last month, Jonathan Hughes, the couple’s attorney, told NBC News that the two are incredibly sorry for their actions.

“Both expressed genuine repentance, a real appreciation for the seriousness of what happened, a real appeal for some form of forgiveness,” said Hughes.

According to Hughes, laws in the Cayman Islands allow people who serve 60 percent of their sentence, which is less than a year, to be released on the condition. The couple should be released in mid-January, he said at the time.

When her granddaughter returned, Jeanne Mack told KABC-TV that she would sleep better.

“It’s pretty hard to fall asleep when someone you love so much knows they’re not sleeping and that they’re uncomfortable and I know she’s a tough girl, but she had to be scared,” said Jeanne.

According to the government Covid-19 dashboardThe Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean with a population of nearly 65,000, has reported 380 cases and 2 deaths.

Leave a Comment