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Woman locked up for breaking virus laws by stopping to fill up car

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Woman locked up for breaking virus laws by stopping to fill up car

A woman was jailed for violating coronavirus laws after she stopped buying gasoline.

Amie Murphy broke the Isle of Man’s strict coronavirus laws after traveling to the mainland.

The 36-year-old should have gone home to isolate herself when she returned to the island.

She has now been detained for four weeks, reports the Manchester evening news.

There are currently no social distancing rules on the island, and pubs, gyms, cinemas, and restaurants are open as usual.

However, those arriving by ferry or plane must self-isolate for 14 days to stop the virus from spreading.

Murphy, a caregiver for a man in his eighties who was traveling with her, returned to the island on a ferry just after 5:00 a.m. on September 18.

A worker helped her fill out a landing card and explained the rules for self-isolation.

She agreed to these rules – but didn’t obey them.

A court was told that the fuel warning light on Murphy’s car came on when she left the ferry terminal and stopped at a gas station in Laxey.

She then told the assistant that she had “just got off the boat” and that he had opened the forecourt early for her.

But Murphy was reported to police after the man told his manager what happened later that morning.

The magistrates were told that she became aggressive and cursed police officers when the police called her home.

She said she ran out of gas and told the police, “What else should I do?”

However, her defense admitted she had made a mistake.

They said she was in a “tired condition” and had shown a “serious loss of judgment”.

Peter Taylor, who defended himself, said she didn’t realize her car was running out of fuel.

And he said she doesn’t think stopping to fill is “an unreasonable thing”.

Murphy, of Ramsey, previously admitted to violating an emergency authority instruction.

In addition to the four-week sentence, she was given a one-week prison term after admitting that she resisted the arrest.

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The judges sentenced Murphy, saying the island was doing its “best to keep Covid-19 out”.

She is now the fifth person to be jailed for violating the island’s strict isolation policy.

In addition, two driving crime charges have not been brought forward, and her next appearance at the Douglas Courthouse will be on October 15.

A total of 24 people died after contracting the virus on the island of around 84,000 residents.

The Isle of Man lockdown ended on June 15 after the community broadcast ended.

However, there are now three people with the virus who developed symptoms while being isolated at home.

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