‘Aggressive’ ADF member fined for breaching Darwin quarantine orders

by | Nov 1, 2020 | COVID-19 | 1 comment

A 41-year-old Australian Defence Force member described by police as being ‘aggressive’ has been fined for breaching COVID-19 restrictions after allegedly leaving his Darwin accommodation during mandatory quarantine, NT Police say.

But the police have refused to provide many details about the alleged breach, saying the man came to their attention “due to his aggressive behaviour” after leaving his designated quarantine facility somewhere in the Darwin region.

Details such as where the man was finally located and where he had visited before being apprehended were not disclosed in a police press release.

Nor did police media manager Rob Cross say for how long the man had been absconding from the quarantine accommodation.

However, police did say he had been tested upon his arrival to Darwin “from overseas”, returning a negative result. It was unclear when that test occurred.

“All returning members of the Defence Force undergo the 14-day quarantine period in designated quarantine accommodation, which have COVID19 plans in place to prevent community contact,” Mr Cross said in the statement.

It was also unclear how much time was left on the man’s quarantine order when he was returned to the accomodation.

The male ADF member was issued an infringement for $5,056. The ADF has not commented on the breach.

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