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British couple who tried to sneak woman into their luxury Barbados hotel room are fined

EXCLUSIVE: British couple who broke Barbados Covid rules by trying to sneak a woman into their luxury hotel room in the middle of the night are fined £4,400 and threatened with jail

  • Andrew Luker and Julia Knightley tried to sneak Mikaela Jacas into their hotel
  • The Jamaican woman was seen scaling the hotel wall to meet with the couple
  • The pair were awaiting Covid test results at the time and have now been fined
  • Knightley previously made headlines for using racy images for her beauty brand
  • Love Island star Zara Holland was also fined in Barbados for Covid rule-breaking

A British couple who broke Barbados Covid rules by sneaking a woman into their luxury hotel room in the early hours while they were awaiting test results have been fined and threatened with jail.

Andrew Luker and Julia Knightley follow a number of Britons, including Love Island star Zara Holland, to have fallen foul of the Caribbean island’s strict pandemic laws. 

The couple from Greater Manchester were caught when Jamaican woman Mikaela Jacas was seen scaling a wall at Treasure Beach hotel in St James.

Police were called and the trio were rounded up as they were enjoying a late-night drink on the patio of their luxury accommodation. 

Andrew Luker (left) and Julia Knightley (right) have been fined for breaking Covid rules in Barbados for trying to sneak a woman into their hotel room

The couple from Greater Manchester were caught when Jamaican woman Mikaela Jacas was seen scaling a wall at Treasure Beach hotel in St James

The couple from Greater Manchester were caught when Jamaican woman Mikaela Jacas was seen scaling a wall at Treasure Beach hotel in St James

Qualified nurse Knightley, 41, and crane engineer Luker both pleaded guilty on Thursday and blamed ‘ignorance’ for inviting the woman to their room while they were awaiting the results of their Covid tests.

They were each fined £2,200 and freed on £7,000 bail, but were warned they would be jailed for nine months if they didn’t pay within seven days. 

Knightley, a mother-of-four, has previously made headlines for using provocative images of herself to promote her cosmetic clinic. 

Knightley, a mother-of-four, has previously made headlines for using provocative images of herself to promote her cosmetic clinic

Knightley, a mother-of-four, has previously made headlines for using provocative images of herself to promote her cosmetic clinic

They were each fined £2,200 and freed on £7,000 bail

They were warned they would be jailed for nine months if they didn't pay within seven days

They were each fined £2,200 and freed on £7,000 bail, but were warned they would be jailed for nine months if they didn’t pay within seven days

Police were called when a security guard found Jacas sat with the couple on the patio of their beach-front room

Police were called when a security guard found Jacas sat with the couple on the patio of their beach-front room

She apologized after being accused of being unprofessional for wearing the racy underwear in the provocative adverts for her non-surgical cosmetic clinic in her town. 

A picture of a woman in black lingerie sitting on a throne surrounded by whips and paddles is still on the Facebook page for the beauty salon she runs in her home town of Cheadle Hulme.

The website states: ‘Slip into a world of opulent grandeur and exclusive elegance, and indulge your desire for passion and pleasure. 

‘With the right password, and the right knock at the door, you can find out more about our sensational anti wrinkle treatments at Julia Knightley in Cheshire.’ 

On Wednesday Knightley and Luker appeared before the same magistrate who dealt with Love Island's Zara for a similar breach of Covid regulations

On Wednesday Knightley and Luker appeared before the same magistrate who dealt with Love Island’s Zara for a similar breach of Covid regulations

Mr Luker said he totally regretted what had happened, adding: 'Beyond that there is nothing to say besides to apologise'

Mr Luker said he totally regretted what had happened, adding: ‘Beyond that there is nothing to say besides to apologise’

Love Island star Zara Holland was arrested in Barbados after trying to return leave with her boyfriend when he tested positive for coronavirus

Love Island star Zara Holland was arrested in Barbados after trying to return leave with her boyfriend when he tested positive for coronavirus 

On Wednesday she and Luker appeared before the same magistrate who dealt with Love Island’s Zara for a similar breach of Covid regulations. 

She was arrested last month trying to flee the island after her boyfriend Elliott Love tested positive for the deadly disease. 

Ms Knightley said ignorance of the law was no excuse for their actions. She admitting to knowing they could not leave the hotel while awaiting test results – but claimed she didn’t know they couldn’t invite guests to their room. 

The couple arrived on the island on December 28 and are scheduled to leave on January 9

The couple arrived on the island on December 28 and are scheduled to leave on January 9

Magistrate Ian Weekes said he was 'baffled' by the couple's actions

Ms Knightley said ignorance of the law was no excuse for their actions which fell foul of local Covid laws

Ms Knightley said ignorance of the law was no excuse for their actions which fell foul of local Covid laws

Mr Luker said he totally regretted what had happened, adding: ‘Beyond that there is nothing to say besides to apologise.’

Magistrate Ian Weekes said he was ‘baffled’ by the couple’s actions. 

He said if they had been infected with Covid their actions could have led to it being spread among the local community. 

The couple arrived on the island on December 28 and are scheduled to leave on January 9. 

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