EXCLUSIVE: Huge coronavirus fear in Melbourne as a Chinese man, 24, escapes quarantine and turns up at a Melbourne court – and even his lawyer refuses to shake his hand
- Qungli Wen, 24, is believed to be in quarantine after spending time in China
- Chinese citizen managed to return to Australia to be confronted with costs for drunk driving
- While ordered in house arrest, he ventured to a court in Melbourne
- His lawyer even refused to shake his hand, so he was afraid of infection
- A magistrate expressed concern that Wen was in a nearby café while he was in danger
A Chinese citizen accused of serious drinking crimes has feared Coronavirus after a court heard that he should have been in quarantine.
Qungli Wen, 24, from Balwyn North was supposed to be sued on Thursday at the front of Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
But Magistrate John Bentley was shocked to hear why the accused man was not in court.
Qungli Wen, 24, from Balwyn North was supposed to be in quarantine, but came to Melbourne to appear in court and was told to stay away
A pedestrian wearing a face mask uses a cell phone while walking past a display that is promoting the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai
Senior criminal lawyer George Balot said he was worried that his client might be infected with Coronavirus.
It only came a few hours after fear in the United States that the virus spread from unknown sources.
“I didn’t want him in court,” Mr. Balot said. “I didn’t even shake his hand.”
Balot asked his client to be acquitted of the courtroom for fear that he would be infected.
He said that Wen had been ordered to remain in detention on his return to Australia from an area “close to mainland China.”
“He’s standing next to a cafe,” Mr. Balot told the court.
“I hope it’s not busy,” Mr. Bentley replied.
Coronavirus cases in the US have now risen to 60.
The 60 includes 42 passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, three people repatriated from China and 15 on American territory.
Coronavirus – or COVID-19 – is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus.
The symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia.
While some people recover easily, others can get very sick very quickly.
Australian authorities have stated that they use a rings of containment approach to limit the virus by attempting to control all confirmed cases for individuals, families or affected units.
More than 3000 people have been tested for Coronavirus in Australia.
Only 15 cases have been confirmed in the general population, who have now all resolved the condition.
Doctors have warned that there is evidence that it is spreading from person to person, with good hygiene to prevent infections.
Both federal and national governments have the power to force people to go into quarantine if they do not do so voluntarily.
Senior criminal lawyer George Balot was deeply concerned about the admission of his client to the packed courthouse
Qungli Wen was on a business trip to China when he became entangled in the outbreak of Coronavirus
Qungli Wen was more than double the legal limit when he ran his car against another vehicle and drove away
The Australian Lead Health Protection Committee is considering whether the current ban on access to university students by students from China will be relaxed.
But authorities have warned that they could cancel events with large crowds, such as AFL games, but only as a last resort if the virus situation escalates.
The court heard that Wen was director of a large Chinese real estate company with a maximum of 150 employees.
He was arrested in January last year after driving his car against another vehicle just outside the Melbourne CBD.
The victim’s vehicle was destroyed and when police tested Wen, he noted an alcohol content of 0.115 blood alcohol.
Balot said that his client lived in a business visa and had hoped to apply for permanent residence.
“Well, that’s a great way to tackle it,” Mr. Bentley snarled.
But the magistrate showed mercy to the potentially doomed boozer by not condemning his name.
Instead, he put him 16 months off the road and fined him $ 1000.
Now that time has already passed, Wen is back at the wheel after about two months.