A woman was jailed after she stopped in the Isle of Man to buy fuel – right after she returned to the island from the UK.
Amie Murphy, 36, stopped to buy gasoline after getting back on the Ben My Chree ferry just after 5 a.m. on September 18.
According to the island’s coronavirus rules, anyone arriving on the island by ferry or plane must self-isolate for 14 days.
Murphy was imprisoned for four weeks for not self-isolating Manchester evening news.
At the time of writing, there are three Isle of Man residents who tested positive for the virus after developing symptoms while in isolation at home.
A court heard the fuel warning light on Murphy’s car turn on as she left the ferry terminal and stopped at a gas station in Laxey.
A staff member had helped her fill out a landing card and explained the self-isolation rules that she had agreed to.
She told the assistant that she “just got off the boat” and that he had opened the forecourt early for her. The assistant then informed his manager of what had happened – who then reported Murphy to the police.
When the police called her home, she became aggressive and verbally abused officers, the court heard.
Magistrates were also told that Murphy was a caregiver for a man in his eighties who was traveling with her.
She said she ran out of gas and told the police, “What else should I do?”
Peter Taylor, who defended himself, said she hadn’t realized her car was running out of fuel and didn’t think stopping to refuel was “an unreasonable thing”.
He added that she was in “sleepy condition” – and had shown a “serious loss of judgment” when police questioned her.
Murphy, of Ramsey, a northern Isle of Man town, previously admitted to crimes involving non-compliance with an emergency authority order.
Judges sentenced Murphy, saying the island was doing its “best to keep Covid-19 out” and the rules had been explained to her.
She was also sentenced to one week in prison after admitting that she resisted the arrest.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher penalties for those who break Covid’s safety rules – including increased fines for those who should self-isolate.
Mr Johnson said, “People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines. We must do everything we can to control the spread of this virus, prevent the most vulnerable people from infecting, protect the NHS.” and save lives. ” . “
There is a 14 day self-isolation policy for arriving in the UK for people returning to or visiting the UK from countries not on the exemptions list.
The government’s revised guidelines, set out in a 34-page document, state: “Only stop at gas stations or motorway service stations when you really need to.
“When you have to stop, try to make sure you are socially distant.
“Always wash your hands before and after your trip.”
Murphy is the fifth person to be jailed for violating the Isle of Man’s isolation policies.