A friend who has sneaked out of the COVID-19 hotel’s mandatory quarantine to visit his girlfriend can be arrested
Boyfriend admits that he repeatedly sneaks out of 14-day hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend – and he’s now facing a $ 50,000 fine or a year in JAIL
- Johnathon, 35, David admitted he had sneaked out of the quarantine of the coronavirus hotel
- David faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty
- He was charged after repeatedly sneaking out of the Travelodge Hotel in Perth
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Jonathan David faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two counts of non-compliance
A man who admitted to repeatedly sneaking out of the coronavirus quarantine to visit his girlfriend could be locked up.
Jonathan David faced the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two counts of non-compliance.
The 35-year-old from Victoria arrived in Western Australia on March 28 and was quarantined at the Travelodge Hotel for 14 days.
David was charged by police after repeatedly sneaking out of the hotel and using public transportation.
Police said he even flipped open an emergency exit at the hotel so he could leave and get back in without the staff seeing him.
David was originally authorized to stay in his girlfriend’s home in Armadale for the two-week quarantine, The Western Australian reported.
But the couple had dropped out after two days and the authorities placed him in a hotel room to stay until April 9.
Hotel staff said they saw him outside his room five times.
When the police checked him at 4:30 a.m. on April 4, David was nowhere to be seen. He returned 45 minutes later and told the officers that he had left for ‘personal reasons’.
A prosecutor previously described David’s actions as “gross stupidity.”
David, who remains in custody, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
He can receive up to 12 months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to $ 50,000.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan of Western Australia said that detention is much worse than staying in a hotel.
“He’s already had a sequel. He can now face a fine of up to $ 50,000 and further incarceration, “he said.
“He’s done the wrong thing. I expect the law to hit him pretty hard.”
WA has closed the border for non-residents and introduced fines for people leaving the region.
The 35-year-old from Victoria arrived in Western Australia on March 28 and was quarantined at the Travelodge Hotel for 14 days