jailed after holiday food poisoning lies were exposed on Facebook
A family who falsely claimed that food poisoning ruined their holiday were caught out after posting poolside snaps on Facebook. Christopher Byng, 38, Barbara Byng, 64, Linda Lane, 36 and Anthony Byng, 66, all pretended to have a gastric illness in complaints lodged against holiday provider Jet2holidays. The family, from Middlesbrough, claimed they had fallen ill following an all-inclusive break at the Paradise Lago Taurito and Waterpark, Gran Canaria, in November 2016. They, along with two children, claimed to have suffered symptoms including stomach cramps, sickness, diarrhoea, headaches and fever as a result of food poisoning. Then they launched court proceedings, which were defended by their holiday provider.
All four members of the family admitted contempt of court when they appeared at Teeside Combined Court on Friday. Christopher, Barbara and Anthony Byng were jailed for four months, but Lane walked away with a suspended sentence. They must also pay a £20,000 interim payment in legal costs by March 26.
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