A 32-year-old man has been charged and refused bail, and a 30-year-old man has been fined for failing to comply with COVID self-quarantine directions upon arriving in Western Australia.
A 32-year-old male New Zealand National, who normally resides in Queensland, was granted approval to enter Western Australia for work purposes via the G2G Pass system. The man arrived at Perth Airport on Tuesday 13 October 2020 and was issued a FIFO self-quarantine direction, which required him to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days at a short-stay apartment on Hay Street, East Perth.
Yesterday, Friday 23 October 2020, a self-quarantine compliance check was undertaken on the man and it will be alleged he was not located in his designated apartment, and was instead located at the front of the apartment complex.
During the course of the investigation it was identified that a second possible self-quarantine breach had taken place, involving another employee of the same company who had also recently arrived in Western Australia. A 30-year-old man, who normally resides in New South Wales, was granted approval to enter Western Australia for work purposes via the G2G Pass system. The man arrived at Perth Airport on Saturday 17 October 2020 and was issued a FIFO self-quarantine direction, which required him to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days at the same designated short-stay apartment complex.
It will be alleged the two men socialised with each other in the 32-year-old man’s apartment. Both men were advised they would be receiving a $1,000 infringement for failing to comply with the direction they were given and were reminded of their requirements to self-quarantine.
Upon leaving the apartment complex it will be alleged the police officers again found the 32-year-old man at the front of the apartment complex in breach of his self-quarantine direction. The man was again spoken to and was advised he would be relocated to a secure self-quarantine hotel for the remainder of his self-quarantine period. It will be further alleged the man became aggressive and hostile towards the officers, refusing to comply with the direction. The man was arrested after a short struggle and was relocated to the Perth Watch House.
The 32-year-old man was charged with four counts of ‘Failed to Comply with a Direction’. He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Saturday 24 October 2020.
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