A man from Perth has been jailed for eight months for breaching the Western Australia’s quarantine rules twice.
Police say the 37-year-old man arrived at Perth Airport from Queensland on August 17 and was ordered to self-isolate at a home in Beachboro, in Perth’s northeast.
However, only five days later officers who arrived to check on him found that he was not at home. They then charged him with failing to comply with a public health direction.
Four days after that, police who were doing traffic patrols in Midland pulled the man over during a second quarantine breach.
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He was taken into custody and faced court on Friday, where a magistrate sentenced him to two months in jail for the breaches and six months for driving with a disqualified licence.
He is among at least five others in the state who have also received jail terms for breaches of WA’s strict quarantine requirements.
It comes after the news yesterday a West Australian woman was forced to wear a home-detention style electronic monitoring device on her ankle after she failed to comply with self-quarantine directions.
The 33-year-old is the first person to be fitted with the device under laws introduced by the state government to deal with the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Police said she was allowed to enter the state from New South Wales on September 1 and directed to stay alone at a Perth home for 14 days quarantine.
However, when police conducted a routine check on Thursday, they found two men visiting her at the property.
The woman was advised she would be fined $1000 and moved into a hotel quarantine facility for supervision.
“After careful consideration of the circumstances of the breach and the woman’s previous history, the State Emergency Coordinator formed a view that it was necessary to monitor her location during the quarantine period,” WA Police said.
“The monitoring device, attached to the woman’s ankle, will remain in place until the end of the woman’s quarantine period.”
West Australia has some of the strictest COVID-19 quarantine rules in the country, and has refused to join the rest of Australia in planning to reopen interstate borders by Christmas.
– with NCA Newswire
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