Zara Holland’s boyfriend avoids jail after trying to flee Barbados with coronavirus

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Zara Holland's boyfriend has avoided jail after he tried to flee Barbados after testing positive for coronavirus.

Elliot Love has been fined £3,000 after Zara was ordered to pay £4,500 and also avoided a prison sentence.

The Love Island star has now left Barbados but Elliot is still in the country.

Love's defence attorney Harry Husbands asked the court for him to be treated differently because he was a "simple guy” who owns a small demolition company and worked for £450-a week.

The magistrate said he had been reckless since he had tested positive.

They said Love had put the taxi driver who drove him to the airport and his family's life in danger.

Zara Holland and her boyfriend Elliot Love
(Image: zaraholland/Instagram)

Elliot outside court in Barbados today
(Image: MEGA)

Zara and Love were caught trying to flee the country after he tested positive for coronavirus.

He tested positive for Covid after arriving on the island and the couple were given red wristbands and told to remain in their room at the £300-a-night Sugar Bay until they were taken to a quarantine centre on the north of the island.

Instead, they booked would have been a British Airways flight back to the UK packed with fellow British holiday makers, cut off their wristbands and took a taxi to the airport where, according to a local source, their names raised some red flags with airport officials because of their short turnaround time in the country.

They were arrested by police at Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport as they made their way to departures after surveillance cameras captured the pair entering public bathrooms and exiting wearing different clothing.

Zara outside court on Wednesday
(Image: MEGA)

Elliot has avoided a jail sentence
(Image: zaraholland/Instagram)

At the District 'D' Magistrates Court on Wednesday Zara pleaded guilty to leaving the Sugar Bay hotel on December 29 while she was under quarantine.

Chief magistrate Ian Weekes admonished her for breaking the nation's tough rules that have prevented the holiday island being overrun by the virus.

Her lawyer Andrew Pilgrim blamed her "lapse" on a "foolish error," telling the court she had two negative tests and became extremely nervous about her and Love's status in Barbados, which is why she decided to try and leave the island.

Pilgrim said: "We accepted the decision of the court.

Elliot got a smaller fine
(Image: MEGA)

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"Miss Holland wants to express her sincere apologies to the entire nation of Barbados. At this point we have no further comment."

She received a £4,417 fine ($12,000 Barbados dollars).

The former Miss Great Britain, from North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, could have been jailed for up to a year in prison and been fined £18,000.

She appeared before Mr Weekes, who is usually known for his tough stance against Covid rule breakers.

Only last week he jailed a fellow tourist for six months for breaching quarantine regulations.

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