An infected Sydney trader who ignored border bans and traveled to Queensland, where he caused a major Covid scare, has shown no regrets.
George Thompson, 26, was fined nearly $10,000 for ignoring the lockdown and only escaped criminal charges because police “wanted to deal with it immediately.”
He insists he had no idea he had Covid and when asked if he understood why people were angry, he said that was “fair enough” but he was unimpressed by what others thought of him.
George Thompson (pictured) was going to isolate himself in Sydney, but took a cross-border holiday to Queensland instead
‘I just wanted out’ [Sydney]… let them think what they want,” he told Nine News.
He flew from Sydney – in the midst of a hard shutdown – to Ballina on the north coast of NSW – where he was met by Qantaslink flight attendant Malynda Grey, 36.
She then drove him across the border where he used someone else’s details to check in at Brisbane locations.
He was then pinged as a close contact from Ms. Gray when she tested positive for the Delta strain and was placed in hotel quarantine for a day, tested and taken to hospital.
Malynda Gray, aka Mel Waterhouse, 36, the Qantas flight attendant who helped NSW man George Thompson cross the border
Thompson was placed in hotel quarantine in Brisbane, where police said he opened his room door and verbally insulted staff without wearing a mask.
Thompson reportedly kept opening his door without wearing a face mask after being told he had the Delta tribe.
The Queensland authorities later learned that NSW Health had already told him he had Covid and that he was actually the one infecting Grey.
Thompson was tested after being in close contact with a case in Sydney, but instead of going into self-isolation for 14 days, he made the interstate trip.
He was fined nearly $10,000 for failing to follow a border guide, providing false information, and failing to follow an order from a rescuer.
Police also fined Gray $4,135 for failing to comply with a border guideline to drive him into the state.
Gray, 36, who also goes by Mel Waterhouse, was previously revealed as the flight attendant who spent a week wandering south-east Queensland after she developed Covid symptoms. The courier post reported.
She felt ill on July 13, but then visited several locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, including Dreamworld. She then tested positive for Covid on July 22.
Police said she was not fully cooperating with contact tracers in detailing her movements. ABC news reported that she also declined to give the police name Thompson.
On Thursday evening, Queensland Health added another location to its list of exposure sites, the Black Swan Coffee at Q Super Center in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast, between 1.40pm and 2pm on July 23.
Police used CCTV footage from a Caboolture hotel that the couple visited on July 18 when they tried to identify Thompson.
Neither Gray nor Thompson were charged and police have not confirmed the nature of their relationship.
Gray retrieved Thompson from Ballina on July 14 and drove him to Queensland, violating Covid border restrictions and fined $4,000
Thompson (pictured) was fined nearly $10,000 for not wanting to get stuck in court
Gray claimed to have dated police killer Ricky Maddison in 2017, who shot Queensland police officer Brett Forte in 2017.
Maddison fired two full magazines at police cars during a chase from Toowoomba to the Lockyer Valley, killing Senior Constable Forte. He was later shot dead by police after a 20-hour siege.
Previously, it was feared Gray spread the Delta strain across Queensland after being crewed on six Qantas Link flights to regional centers including Gladstone, Longreach and Hervey Bay on July 11 and 12.
The concerns were allayed when it became clear that Gray had likely contracted Covid from Thompson after working on the flights.
Thompson, 26, the Sydney tradition who had to isolate in Sydney after being in close contact with a Covid case but instead traveled to Ballina to meet Gray on July 14
HOSTIE AND THE TRADITION: HOW IT HAPPENED
July 11-12: Qantas flight attendant Matylda Gray mans six flights from Brisbane and back, traveling to Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay
July 12: Sydney trader George Thompson received negative result on his Covid test from a private pathology clinic, previously identified as being in close contact with another case and ordered to self-isolate for 14 days
July 13: Mrs Gray had Covid symptoms
July 14: Mrs Gray drove to Ballina in northern NSW to collect Sydney trader George Thompson from the airport. They drove back to Tugun on the Gold Coast the same day and then to Brisbane
July 15-17: Numerous locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast are said to have been visited by the couple alone or together, including three hairdressers and a sex shop in Chermside in Brisbane’s northern suburbs
July 18: The pair visited the Sundowner Hotel in Caboolture, near Brisbane, where police later used CCTV footage to identify Mr Thompson.
July 20: NSW Health was advised that Mr Thompson’s Covid test result was in fact positive
July 22: Ms Gray sent back a positive Covid test. He was placed in hospital quarantine in Brisbane
July 26: Mr. Thompson was fined $4,000 for failing to comply with a border order, $4,000 for providing false information and $1,300 for failing to comply with an emergency worker’s order. Ms Gray was fined $4,000 for not following a border guideline