(CMR) A Jamaican man who was sentenced to six months in prison in Barbados after leaving a quarantine facility to buy drinks last December has been freed.
The Barbados Court of Appeal ordered the release of Dean George Scott on Thursday, Barbados Today reported.
According to the Barbados Today report, the Barbados Court of Appeal allowed Scott's appeal through his attorneys Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. and Michelle Russell.
In handing down the ruling, Chief Justice Patterson Cheltenham said the prison should free Scott once all health protocols were satisfied, Barbados Today said.
Scott was sentenced to six months in prison by Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes last December after he was unable to pay a $6 000 fine following a guilty plea to breaching COVID-19 protocols.
He had reportedly left quarantine at the St Lucy District Hospital without reasonable explanation a day after arriving in the country from Jamaica.
The facility was alerted after people in the neighborhood saw him with an armband that indicated he was in quarantine.