A man has been charged £6,000 for breaching isolation rules in pursuit of a haircut.
Gareth Le Monnier received the eye-watering fine after he violated his quarantine upon arriving in Guernsey to visit his wife at the start of the month.
As reported by ITV, Le Monnier, 37, had travelled to Guernsey from neighbouring Channel island Jersey by ferry on 3rd July and, upon arrival, had been given legal notice to self-isolate for the mandatory 14 days.
Despite signing an official agreement to stay isolated until 17th July, Le Monnier left his wife’s residence on 15th and 16th July, making trips into town.
These included getting a £30 haircut at Toni&Guy, as well as visiting a toy shop and a Waitrose.
Le Monnier was caught out when a welfare check was made at his residence on 16th July – just one day before his quarantine was due to end – and he was not found.
Prosecuting Officer Sarah Watson told the court that when customs officers went to the address he had given, nobody answered the door and he could not be contacted by phone.
One of the officers called the defendant’s wife who said her husband might be asleep upstairs.
Before officers had left the address, the couple arrived back to the property with Le Monnier hiding low in the passenger seat.
His wife got out of the car and said she would go upstairs to try and wake her husband, who was then spotted getting out of the car by an officer who had followed it on foot.
He was later arrested on suspicion of breaching self-isolation law and fined the hefty sum.
In court, Judge Graeme McKerrell said the man had “selfishly put his needs above those of the public,” adding “working out when a period of 14 days expires is not rocket science”.
Le Monnier was not able to leave custody before paying the full sum.
Earlier in the pandemic, The States of Guernsey stated that anyone arriving in the Bailiwick of Guernsey must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
In June, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that people arriving from the UK from overseas will be told to self-isolation for 14 cases to prevent transmission into the country.
She added anyone found to be breaching the rules could be fined £1,000 or face prosecution.
Noted: breaching self-isolation could seriously, seriously cost you!