A Quebec dentist and his partner have been booted out of the Cayman Islands after breaking the territory’s quarantine rules.
Dr. Pascal Terjanian, a controversial dentist who practises in Terrebonne, and Christina Gurunian pleaded guilty to the charge and were each fined $1,000, according to local media reports.
The couple arrived in the Cayman Islands on Nov. 13 and breached quarantine rules several times.
Terjanian, 52, and Gurunian, 34, both pleaded guilty during a court appearance via a video link on Monday.
Upon arrival at the airport, they were fitted with electronic tracker wristbands and escorted to an apartment complex where they were supposed to isolate for 14 days because of the pandemic.
Police were called to the complex after staff notified them that the couple had left the apartment.
Gurunian failed to wear her mask upon arrival at the complex and on several other occasions when she walked from her apartment to put garbage in the dumpster, a Cayman news outlet reported.
The couple were also observed outside their apartment without their wristbands and were filmed swimming in the ocean. On another occasion, Gurunian jumped the complex’s wall to go grocery shopping.
The couple are not allowed to return to the islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
Following the incident, the government will now require travellers to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to ensure the tracking bracelet has been fitted correctly, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, the director of Travel Cayman, said in a news release.
Terjanian, who was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists , has been the subject of many complaints about pricey, shoddy and painful dental work dating back to 1997.
In 2014, he was suspended from practising dentistry for 30 months after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of 38 infractions.
The board said the suspension was warranted “considering the gravity of the infractions and the apparent absence of remorse … and the possibility of recidivism,” the Montreal Gazette reported at the time.
During the investigation, Terjanian blocked attempts to investigate him by refusing to answer questions or hand over proper documentation.
In July 2010, he was suspended for sexual relations with a patient. The suspension was lifted the following month.
In an interview with the Montreal Gazette in 2015, Terjanian conceded overcharging and possibly doing an unnecessary root canal. He also admitted to having sex with the mother of a patient.
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