COVID-19 update: Two people charged with spitting; seven PINs issued

Two people have been charged with assaulting police and seven Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) have been issued since the last COVID-19 update.

Police will allege just before 12pm on Wednesday (12 August 2020), a 14-year-old boy boarded a bus at Lane Cove while appearing to be heavily affected by alcohol.

The driver of the bus told the teenager not to board, but when he boarded the bus anyway, the driver called police.

The teenager allegedly then punched the driver in the head and spat in his face, before getting off the bus.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command located the young person a short time later, taking him back to Chatswood Police Station, where he allegedly assaulted a police officer who was assisting him to an ambulance. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for observation.

About 1pm yesterday (Thursday 13 August 2020), he was released from hospital and taken back to the station, where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, assault officer in execution of duty, assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, behave in offensive manner in/near public place, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing – COVID-19.

The teen was refused bail to appear before a children’s court today (Friday 14 August 2020).

In an unrelated incident, about 7.30pm yesterday (Thursday 13 August 2020), officers from North Shore Police Area Command attended a home on Spit Road, Mosman, following a call to assist NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

While in the back of the ambulance it’s alleged a woman, aged 23, spat in the face of two police officers and paramedics. It’s further alleged she bit the finger of the male Constable.

The woman was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for assessment. She was released about 11pm and taken to Chatswood Police Station, where she was charged with assault police and not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing – COVID-19.

She was granted conditional bail and is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Thursday 10 September 2020.

In addition, six people were issued $1000 PINs and one business a $5000 PIN, including:

  • A hotel on Darling Street, Balmain, was issued a $5000 PIN for failing to comply with a ministerial direction for alleged breaches detected on Saturday 8 August 2020, following inquiries by officers from Leichhardt Police Area Command. It will be alleged the licensee organised a party at the location, where over 30 people attended.
  • The licensee of a hotel at Macksville has been issued with a $1000 PIN after officers from Mid North Coast Police District identified potential breaches during a visit on Friday 7 August 2020. Police will allege a follow-up check revealed the breaches were not addressed, resulting in the PIN.
  • Officers from Riverina Police District issued the licensee of a business on Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga, with a $1000 fine for failing to implement a COVID-19 safety plan.
  • A 45-year-old man from South Kempsey was issued a $1000 PIN by officers from Mid North Coast Police District after he left his home to go grocery shopping during his 14-day self-isolation.
  • A 21-year-old woman from Guildford was issued with a $1000 PIN by officers from South Sydney Police Area Command after she breached self-isolation at a facility in Zetland.
  • A 38-year-old woman and 43-year-old man from Victoria were each issued with $1000 PINs by officers from Monaro Police District after the pair entered NSW and did not comply with the conditions of their permit. Police will allege they attended the ski fields at Perisher.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: Information is treated in strict confidence.

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