Kate Bex QC has written an opinion piece in The Law Society Gazette looking at potential difficulties proving the offence of fraud for UK residents who conceal their return from a country on the government’s red list. Travellers now have to quarantine in an assigned hotel room for 10 days at their own cost and may be prosecuted for fraud if they fail to complete the Passenger Locator Form honestly.
She said: ” If a traveller does commit an offence of fraud, the prosecution will have proved both dishonesty and intent, for an offence committed during a global pandemic which has taken the lives of millions worldwide. Not remotely comparable to child rape, certainly, but perhaps not exactly a misdemeanour either.”
Read full piece here: [Law Gazette]