Man is ordered to pay £6K for getting haircut when he was meant to be isolating in biggest ever lockdown fine

A MAN who flouted coronavirus laws by getting a £30 haircut when he was supposed to be isolating has been handed the biggest-ever lockdown fine.

Gareth Le Monnier, 37, has been ordered to pay £6,000 after he visited Toni & Guy and went to a Waitrose cafe and a toy shop while he was supposed to be self-isolating.

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He had travelled from his home in Jersey to see his wife in Guernsey on July 13 – and was ordered not to leave his home for 14 days.

But he made the trip out just hours before his quarantine was due to end.

He was caught out when officials visited his wife’s home – and found he wasn't there.

Officers were unable to reach him on his mobile, and when they spoke to his wife, she told them he might be asleep upstairs.

But when Le Monnier returned from his trip to town, the officials were still there – and he attempted to hide from them in the passenger seat.

His luck ran out when an officer spotted him trying to sneak out.


Le Monnier has now admitted two breaches of the rules on two consecutive days before Guernsey Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £3,000 for each – and was told he must pay up before he can leave the custody of the court.

Judge Graeme McKerrell said the defendant 'had put his own needs before the needs of other people'.

"Working out when a period of 14 days expires is not rocket science," he told Le Monnier.

The judge had been presented with a letter by the defendant's counsel, Sam Maindonald – but the lawyer said it 'wasn't appropriate' to read it aloud in open court.

Police have fined tens of thousands of people for flouting lockdown since it was enforced in late March.

However, officers are limited to £100 penalties – which are reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

The maximum fine that can be ordered for multiple offences is £3,200.

And Britain's biggest covidiot has been fined a whopping nine times for breaking the rules.


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