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Jessica jets off Jet-ski Romeo's ex released from jail early so she can spend Christmas with her kids

Jessica Radcliffe (31) walked free on November 8, just three months and 21 days into her eight-month sentence for attacking another woman


Jessica Radcliffe, ex-girlfriend of jet-ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan

Jessica Radcliffe, ex-girlfriend of jet-ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan

Jessica Radcliffe, ex-girlfriend of jet-ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan

The ex-girlfriend of the man dubbed the Jet Ski Romeo after his antics in the Irish Sea last December made him an internet hero has been granted early release from jail so she can spend Christmas with her kids. 

Jessica Radcliffe (31), from the Isle of Man, walked free on November 8, just three months and 21 days into her eight-month sentence for attacking another woman.

In March, Radcliffe was arrested after she and another woman kicked and punched their victim as she screamed to her housemate to protect her children who were upstairs in their bedroom.

The woman who had previously had a dispute with Radcliffe was then dragged up the stairs by the pair.

Both Radcliffe and the other woman then grabbed and assaulted a police officer while they were being arrested at the scene.


Dale McLaughlan Pic Facebook

Dale McLaughlan Pic Facebook

Dale McLaughlan Pic Facebook


In July, Radcliffe was sentenced to eight months in prison after she admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

She has now been released and shared a Facebook post about everything "working out".

It reads: "One thing I realised is that everything always ends up working out. Sometimes even better than you can imagine.

"Remember this when you feel like you're in a hard place or you feel like you're being challenged the most.

Last December, Dale McLaughlan (28) became known as the Jet Ski Romeo after he made a perilous 27-mile journey across the Irish Sea to see Radcliffe who he had described as “the woman I love”.

He spent more than four hours in rough conditions to reunite with Radcliffe who he had met for the first time only weeks earlier.

The father-of-two made it from Scotland to the Isle of Man even though it was the first time McLaughlan had ever ridden a jet ski - and despite the fact that he cannot swim.

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But after being reunited with Jessica he was arrested two days later after, unbeknown to him, a local had photographed him arriving.

On December 14 he was jailed for four weeks for arriving on the island unlawfully - but was released in time to get home for Christmas.

He later revealed why he embarked on such a dangerous mission for love.

McLaughlan told Good Morning Britain: “I applied to go legally, they said no.

“I pleaded with them, told them I would do anything required of me, whether that was an extended isolation or a Covid test.

“I didn't even get a reply in an email, and in that point I decided I had to take matters into my own hands.

“Everyone else was breaking the rules for terrible reasons - drinking and partying. I wanted to do it for the person I love.”

He also explained how and why he fell for Jessica after meeting her on the island as he worked there previously.

He continued: “Then when I got to talk to her I realised her personality is just phenomenal, she's always got something funny to say and keeps me on my toes.

“A couple of days later we met again and decided to spend the rest of the week together to get to know each other.

“Then on that Friday when I had to get the ferry was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.”

Ms Radcliffe said she was “overwhelmed” by the gesture - but did not find out her lover had travelled by jet ski until being informed by the police.

“I thought what was so special about me that you'd cross the Irish Sea and put your life in danger,” she said.

“I thought he was coming over on the boat. I didn't know any of the jet ski stuff until the Monday when the police told me everything that had happened.

“I felt in disbelief, I couldn't believe it. I thought there must have been a mistake."

Asked at the time if their relationship would continue despite Mr McLaughlan now being banned from the Isle of Man - forcing them to spend lockdown apart, she said: “Absolutely, how can I deny someone coming across the jet ski on the Irish Sea.”

However, the relationship did not last and in April it appeared that the affair had hit the rocks.

Friends said the couple split just months after he risked his life crossing the Irish Sea to be with her.

The break-up was revealed days after Jessica was charged with the assault.

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