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Four weeks of jail for Covid-19 rule breaker

Toby Wood broke self-isolation last week

A Port Erin man who met with friends at a football club instead of self-isolating at home has been sent to prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Toby Wood of the Edremony Estate appeared via a live link from prison in Jurby before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

He pleaded guilty to one count of breaching the Emergency Powers Act between 22 and 24 October.

Prosecution advocate Roger Kane told the hearing Wood came back to the Island from the UK on 14 October and was given clear written instructions to self-isolate for two weeks.

The court heard on 22 October, Wood went to Rushen Football Club where he met a group of people at 10.30pm.

At around four o'clock the next morning, he and a woman went for a walk around the village before he returned home.

Later that morning, police went to speak to him about an unrelated matter and spotted him walking around outside: Wood said he knew officers were coming to see him and he’d decided to meet them outside his home.

Jailing him for four weeks and ordering him to pay £125 towards prosecution costs, magistrates told him his actions had put everybody on the Isle of Man at risk.

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