Brit jailed in Barbados after jumping fence and breaking Covid rules to buy beer

A Brit holidaymaker was jailed after he broke Covid laws to buy beer.

Ben Ferguson, 29, spent three nights in prison in Barbados for making trips from his luxury oceanfront hotel to stock up on pints.

Ferguson, of East Kilbridge, Scotland, admitted flouting the quarantine rules, it has been reported.

A court heard "he jumped a fence in order to get Banks beer."

The tourist was also fined £3,000 for breaking the island's strict coronavirus rules.

He was hit with the penalty after he scaled a fence at his £450-a-night hotel to buy local Banks lager.

He spent three nights behind bars on the Caribbean island, and could have been jailed for nine moths if he didn't pay the fine.

Ferguson settled the amount after admitting he broke the rules twice, writes The Sun.

A source told the paper: “It’s probably the most expensive holiday beer he’ll ever buy.

“I’m sure they sold drink in the hotel so it seems daft to go out for more.”

A magistrates court heard he broke the rules on January 14 and 15.

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He was said to have climbed the perimeter fence of the Bougainvillea Hotel in Christ Church where he was staying.

Current coronavirus restrictions demand tourists in Barbados from 'high-risk countries' must self-isolate on arrival.

The UK is included in the list of high-risk countries.

The island is also under a 9pm to 5am night curfew after stricter measures were implemented following an increase in new Covid cases.

Local media said Ferguson admitted contravening the Emergency Management (Covid-19) Protocol (Special Curfew) No.2 Directive 2021, at a hearing on Saturday.

Barbados Today wrote: “According to the information given to the court, the visitor jumped a fence in order to get Banks beer.”

The Brit was remanded in the nick after the hearing until arrangements were made for him to pay the $8,000 Barbados dollars (£2,800) fine.

He appeared in court again this week before being released from custody.
Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes told him: “You are now a free man and you can take your flight.”

It is not known when Ferguson arrived in Barbados but is understood he has left the island.

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