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Man broke Covid laws by giving false name at Sea Terminal

Signature gives away bail breacher's true identity

A man who defied a bail condition also broke coronavirus rules by giving a false name when he returned from the UK on a ferry, a court’s heard.

Twenty-six-year-old Craig Jack Anderson appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse via a live link from police custody.

He admitted breaching his bail and also pleaded guilty to breaking the Island’s Covid-19 laws on 10 January.

Prosecution advocate Chrissie Hunt told the hearing Anderson had been bailed over unrelated charges, on condition he didn’t leave the Isle of Man without the court’s permission.

On 10 January, Anderson returned to the Isle of Man on a sailing from Heysham and filled in a card under the Emergency Powers Act.

However, he gave his name as Nathan Jackson and staff at the Sea Terminal stopped and questioned him.

He showed them a bank card with the false name on it, and filled in another card under the assumed identity – but signed his real name at the bottom.

The court heard he made a full confession to police when he was arrested.

Mrs Hughes remanded Anderson in custody, and he’s next due to appear in court on 19 January.