Sydney couple arrested for Covid breach at Commonwealth Bank

Couple who ‘broke Sydney lockdown by leaving Covid hotspot to visit Commonwealth Bank branch are arrested after husband ‘refuses to log in with QR code’

  • A couple in south-west Sydney have been charged after traveling 44km to a bank
  • Police were called to the Ashfield shopping center on Tuesday to report a man abusing staff
  • The man, 55, reportedly refused to use the QR code at the request of a bank employee
  • Police arrested the man and his wife, 63, who allegedly tried to hinder his arrest
  • The pair were both charged with various crimes in court in October

A couple has been charged with a series of offenses after allegedly violating Sydney’s lockdown by traveling 44km from a Covid hotspot to a bank.

Residents in eight local government areas of concern in the coronavirus-affected southwest and west of Sydney are under stricter restrictions than the rest of the sealed-off city as authorities struggle to contain the highly contagious Delta outbreak.

Those residing in the boroughs of Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River may only travel within 3 miles of home and must wear a mask at all times in public areas.

But an elderly couple has been arrested after they reportedly left the Campbelltown LGA to visit a Commonwealth Bank branch in the city’s inner west.

Police will allege 55-year-old man (pictured) refused to log in with QR code, abused bank staff and resisted arrest

Police were called to Ashfield Mall around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday to report that staff at the bank branch were being abused.

Staff told police that the man allegedly entered the property without scanning the QR code, and became abusive after an employee asked him to sign in.

A 46-year-old male security guard intervened and was then pushed and threatened by the man.

Police arrived on the scene and found the 55-year-old man. He allegedly acted abusively towards officers when they approached him.

He then reportedly tried to resist his arrest, with his 63-year-old partner intervening to try and intervene. She was also arrested.

The man's 63-year-old wife was also arrested after allegedly trying to hinder his arrest

The man’s 63-year-old wife was also arrested after allegedly trying to hinder his arrest

The couple were taken to the Burwood Police Station, where police determined the man and woman were husband and wife who live at an address in Eagle Vale.

Both were each charged with opposing or hindering a police officer in the performance of their duty and failing to comply with the noted direction res 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

The man was also charged with common assault.

They have been granted conditional bail to appear before the Burwood Local Court on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

It comes as NSW registered 199 new locally acquired Covid cases on Tuesday, with at least 82 people living in the community during their contagious period.

Overnight, more than 170 new sites were added to NSW Health’s list of exposure sites — the highest number of daily additions since the outbreak began in June.