Skylar Mack, the American faculty scholar who was imprisoned within the Cayman Islands final month for violating coronavirus restrictions, stated in an interview on Tuesday that she “deserved it.”
In a segment that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Ms. Mack, 18, apologized for breaking the foundations and stated that any anger towards her was justified. She was launched on Friday after spending greater than a month behind bars.
“I deserved it,” she stated. “I was like, ‘You know what, I made this mistake, and it sucks, you know, but you did it to yourself.’”
After ending the semester at Mercer University in Georgia in late November, Ms. Mack flew to the Cayman Islands to observe her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, compete in the islands’ Jet Ski racing national championship.
She arrived on a Friday and examined damaging for the coronavirus. While the British territory’s legal guidelines required her to stay in her resort room for 14 days, on Sunday, the day of the championship, she slipped the digital monitoring bracelet from her wrist. She went to the seashore and cheered on Mr. Ramgeet as he received first place.
In mid-December, a Cayman Islands courtroom sentenced Ms. Mack and Mr. Ramgeet to 4 months in jail. After an outcry that the punishment was too harsh, a panel of judges reduced the sentence to two months. Her launch after somewhat greater than half that point was consistent with what her lawyer, Jonathon Hughes, anticipated. (According to Cayman Islands legislation, he stated, defendants have to serve simply 60 % of their sentences in jail.)
She was considered one of 1000’s of individuals all over the world to be punished for breaching quarantine restrictions. Extensive journey restrictions have didn’t cease the virus from spreading, with some people viewing themselves as above the rules.
Ms. Mack advised “Good Morning America” that if she had gotten somebody sick, she wouldn’t have been capable of dwell with herself.
Mr. Ramgeet was additionally launched on Friday, in accordance with Jeanne Mack, Skylar’s grandmother, who stated final month that her granddaughter struggled in jail.
“It’s just been one heartache after another,” Jeanne Mack stated. “She’s bored, she has nothing to do there. She doesn’t want to sit in the common area and watch the TV because the Cayman news continues to blast her picture all over it.”
Jeanne Mack stated she was frightened that her granddaughter’s scholarship at Mercer, the place she was a junior pre-med scholar, might be withdrawn as a result of she had missed the primary few weeks of the semester whereas in jail. A spokesman for Mercer, Kyle Sears, stated on Monday that Skylar Mack was not enrolled for the spring semester and declined to remark additional.