A 32-year-old man has been arrested, charged and refused bail after failing to comply with quarantine and travel directions given to him upon arriving in Western Australia.
The man arrived at Perth Airport on Thursday 1 July 2021 on a flight from New South Wales, and was advised he was being refused entry to Western Australia due to his travel origin. The man was directed to stay in self-quarantine at a specific hotel and to leave Western Australia on the first available flight.
It will be alleged the man failed to remain in the nominated hotel accommodation and failed to leave Western Australia. It will be further alleged when contacted by police officers conducting inquiries into his whereabouts he falsely stated he had left Western Australia and was in Queensland. About 1:55pm yesterday, Monday 5 July 2021, the man was arrested after a vehicle he was travelling in was stopped on the North West Coastal Highway in Nanutarra, about 1,000km from Perth.
The 32-year-old man has been charged with two counts of ‘Failed to Comply with a Direction’ and one count of ‘Give False or Misleading Information’. He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Karratha Magistrates Court today, Tuesday 6 July 2021.
Further to this, a 28-year-old man who was in company with the 32-year-old man at the time of his arrest has also been charged with ‘Fail to Comply with a Direction’ and ‘No Authority to Drive’.
It will be alleged the man had attended Perth Airport to collect the 32-year-old man and had been advised by police that his associate was subject to a quarantine direction and would not be allowed to remain in Western Australia. It will be further alleged during the search for the 32-year-old man the 28-year-old man claimed he was not in company with him and was unable to help police locate him.
The 28-year-old man was also refused bail and is due to appear in the same court today.
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