Zara Holland avoids jail and receives fine for ‘breaking quarantine’
Zara Holland has managed to avoid jail time after breaking quarantine rules in Barbados and has instead received a £4,417 fine.
The former Love Island star cut a glum figure as she was pictured leaving a Hilton Hotel and entering a waiting car on Wednesday.
Holland’s boyfriend, Elliot Love, who has tested positive for coronavirus, was not with her but the reality star was joined by her lawyer.
Looking smart in a black dress teamed with sandals, Holland wore a face mask and kept her head down before making her way to District A Magistrates Court in Bridgetown.
Upon her arrival, Holland walked alongside her lawyer and was guided into the court.
The 25-year-old issued an apology to the people of Barbados last weekend for flouting quarantine rules after her boyfriend, Love, tested positive for Covid-19.
The couple arrived in Barbados last Sunday, December 27 when they are thought to have had a coronavirus test. However, Love then received a positive result on Tuesday.
Holland issued a statement apologising for the incident and said: ‘I firstly want to apologise to the entire country of Barbados for what has been a massive mix-up and misunderstanding during my most recent stay.
‘I am currently working with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.
‘I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but love and respect for and which has treated me as a family.’
It was later confirmed that Holland would appear in court.
Michael Blackman, sergeant at Hastings/Worthing Police Station, said in a media release: ‘Police at Hastings/Worthing Police Station have warned Zara Holland, 25 years old, a citizen of Great Britain and staying at the Sugar Bay Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church, of intended prosecution for the offence of breaching quarantine.
‘The accused arrived on the island on Sunday, December 27 2020, and was tested for the coronavirus on December 28, 2020 and reportedly instructed to remain at the Sugar Bay Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church until the results were known.’
Blackman continued: ‘On December 29 2020 Personnel from the Covid-19 unit visited the hotel and discovered that Zara Holland had left without permission.
‘She was intercepted at the Grantley Adams International Airport attempting to leave the island.
‘On Saturday January 2 2021, Zara Holland presented herself to Hastings/Worthing Police Station accompanied by an Attorney at law, she was served with a summons in respect of the mentioned offence and is expected to appear at the District A Magistrates Court on Wednesday January 06, 2021.’
Holland faces a year imprisonment or an £18,000 fine if found guilty of the alleged breach.
Hours before Holland was due to appear in court, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley said tourists will be ‘held accountable’ for breaking the laws and stated her government is prepared to take ‘necessary action’ against those who flout guidelines.
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