A salon owner who tried to use Magna Carta to justify repeated coronavirus breaches has not paid a penny of her fines totalling up to £27,000, reports say.
Sinead Quinn, who runs West Yorkshire’s Quinn Blakey Hairdresser, was initially fined £1,000 for staying open after November 5, during England’s second national lockdown.
The Covid-19 denier then racked up thousands of pounds in further fines for various later breaches when the salon continued to open in Oakenshaw, near Bradford.
Huddersfield newspaper Examiner Live reported that the first fine was issued on Tuesday, November 10 and that Kirklees Council would now be taking legal action since 28 days have expired and no money has been received.
A council spokesman told the paper: ‘Yes, legal action will be taken in the courts.’
Kirklees was among the country’s most infected areas when Ms Quinn repeatedly opened her business during lockdown, despite the council and police urging her to adhere to guidance and fining her. Other reports suggest the fines totalled £17,000.
She told police she had seen no ‘proof’ that the virus exists and wrongly claimed that Magna Carta allowed her to remain open.
The law she cited – Clause 61, offering 25 barons the right to lawfully dissent or rebel if they thought they were being governed unjustly – was repealed and never incorporated into English law.
Ms Quinn, who has been contacted by Metro.co.uk for comment, also shared videos on Instagram of her arguing with council officials and police.
On a Gofundme page she set up on November 29, she wrote: ‘By no means do I think the council will be successful in trying to extort money from me. I am simply doing this so that people don’t take it upon themselves to create a gofundme on my behalf and possibly run off with the money!
‘I’m confident in the fact we will win this fight, so in that case the money will go to my amazing brother who is fighting himself against Stage 4bowel cancer.
‘Here’s to 2021 – my brother cancer-free and standing up for our rights and taking our freedoms back.
‘POWER TO THE PEOPLE’.
Over £7,000 has been raised for her by more than 300 donators.
Kirklees Council has also been contacted for comment.
In a previous statement issued during the lockdown, in late November, it said: ‘Kirklees currently has the fifth highest rates in the country, with 135 people admitted to hospital last week and 25 sadly losing their lives to a Covid-19 related death.
‘Frankly, the actions taken by this business are selfish and irresponsible.
‘We will not hesitate to take action on anyone who breaches the rules that are in place to keep us all safe. Repeated breaches of Covid-19 regulations result in ever increasing fines up to £10,000 and eventually prosecution.’
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