Coronavirus: prison sentence in Guernsey for breach of self-isolation

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The pair moved to the island on July 10 to work at the Yacht Hotel’s restaurant and bar


A man from England who worked in Guernsey has been jailed for breaking the rules of self-isolation.

Mark Paul Dillon and Georgie Phillips were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of £ 6,000 and £ 3,000 respectively, under penalty of 300 or 150 days in prison.

HM Sheriff has confirmed that one of the two men is currently serving a prison sentence.

He could be released if the fine is paid later, the amount being reduced depending on the length of the sentence served, they added.

Guernsey currently requires all arrivals to the island to be quarantined for two weeks.

Neither Guernsey Police nor Sheriff HM have confirmed the identity of the one who did not pay.

So far £ 24,000 in fines have been handed down by the courts for violations of these rules, police said.

The pair moved to the island on July 10 to work at the Yacht Hotel’s restaurant and bar, offers which have now been withdrawn, the Guernsey Magistrates Court learned on Monday.

Dillon was seen breaking the two weeks of self-isolation required for newcomers to Guernsey on two separate occasions, once in a store the day he arrived, as well as with Phillips in a pub on July 16.

Neither man has anywhere to live on the island and has argued to Judge Gary Perry that they are “penniless and homeless.”

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