A COVID-19 quarantine breacher who repeatedly used a ladder to escape from a Perth hotel, claiming on the day he was busted hiding in a cupboard that he had to see his girlfriend on her birthday, has been jailed.
Yusuf Karakaya returned to WA from a trip to Sydney on July 29 and was ordered to quarantine for two weeks at the Mercure Hotel in Perth.
Instead, Karakaya managed to open the window of his third-floor hotel room, then walked across a roof space and made his way down.
Hours later, he returned with a ladder and used it to climb back into his room, Perth Magistrates Court heard.
Karakaya repeatedly used the ladder over the next few days.
After hotel staff had contractors remove the ladder on August 1, Karakaya had someone bring him another one.
The next day, police found Karakaya hiding in a bedroom cupboard at his girlfriend’s Medina home.
He told the officers it was her birthday, and if he did not seen her, he would be in trouble.
Defence lawyer Gary Rodgers said his client had tested negative to coronavirus.
Karakaya pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to comply with a police order.
He was sentenced to six months and one day in prison but will only have to serve one month immediately.
The remainder of the sentence was suspended for 12 months.