43-year-old Margs man arrested, charged after failing to comply with COVID-19 quarantine direction

Augusta Margaret River Times

A 43-year-old man Margaret River man has been arrested, charged and refused bail after failing to comply with a COVID quarantine direction upon arriving in Western Australia and providing false details to a police officer.

The man was approved to enter Western Australia as a local resident returning from interstate, via the G2G Pass system.

He arrived at Perth Airport on December 31, 2020, on a flight from Victoria, and was issued a direction to self-quarantine for 14 days at his residence in Margaret River.

Several days later it was established the man could no longer self-quarantine at that residence.

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His direction was modified on January 4, 2021, when he was directed to self-quarantine at an accommodation venue in Fremantle.

About 7:30pm last night, police officers attended a hotel in Fremantle in relation to a disturbance.

The attending officers spoke to several persons who were present, including a man who it will be alleged provided personal details which were false.

Upon establishing the man’s real identity, it was confirmed he should have been in self-quarantine at another location in Fremantle.

The man was arrested and relocated to the Perth Watch House.

The 43-year-old man from Margaret River has been charged with ‘Failed to Comply with a Direction’ and ‘Give False Personal Details to Police’.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today.

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