By Oisin Sweeney • 15 December 2020 • 11:04
A SCOTTISH man has been jailed for breaking lockdown rules when he traveled from Scotland to the Isle of Man on a jet ski.
The court heard that Dale McLaughlan, a 28-year old North Ayrshire native, had never used a jet ski before setting out on his journey from the Isle of Whithorn to the Isle of Man. Expecting the 26-mile journey across the Irish Sea to take 40 minutes, he spent four and a half hours crossing the choppy Irish Sea, putting himself “at very real risk” of harm.
Upon arriving at Ramsey, he walked 15 miles to his girlfriend’s home in the Isle of Man’s capital Douglas. He gave police his girlfriend’s address when he was stopped by officers, and the couple enjoyed a night out at two clubs. When police ran an ID check they discovered that McLaughlan was not a resident of the island, and he was arrested.
To curb the spread of Covid-19, non-residents of the Isle of Man can only be granted entry under exceptional circumstances. The court heard that McLaughlan had made a “deliberate and intentional attempt to circumvent border restrictions” according to the BBC, and said that his daring journey had been “carefully planned”. He was jailed for four weeks.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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