COVID-19: Man denied bail after sneaking out of hotel quarantine to see girlfriend twice

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A man who allegedly escaped his forced hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend on two separate occasions has been denied bail.

The 35-year-old Victorian man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with twice failing to comply with a self-quarantine directive issued under WA’s Emergency Management Act.

Police allege the man snuck out of his Travelodge hotel on Friday and Saturday night because he “wanted to see his girlfriend” and had no-one to bring him food.

The man arrived in Perth from Victoria on March 28 and was required to complete 14 days in mandatory self-isolation at the Travelodge in the Perth CBD.

However, it’s alleged he was seen by hotel staff outside his room on five occasions over a four-day period.

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Police attended his hotel room early on Saturday morning after being contacted by hotel staff, but he was not there.

When he arrived 45 minutes later, he told police he had left to attend to a “personal problem”.

He was instructed not to leave his hotel again unless it was for a medical emergency.

However, it’s alleged he again left the hotel around 9pm on Saturday by wedging open a fire escape door and exiting via the emergency stairwell.

He was allegedly captured on CCTV returning to the hotel around 4am the next morning.

Police said the man had used public transport to travel within the metropolitan area.

His application for bail was denied, with prosecutors arguing he had shown “complete negligence for the conditions of the Emergency Management Act” and had “put the community of Western Australia at risk”.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear again in court on Thursday.

In New South Wales, a man and woman who told police they were “bored” have been fined after being caught outside their homes for the second time in one day.

The pair was each issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice.

Anyone who breaches a COVID-19 directive faces up to $50,000 in fines or 12 months in jail.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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