Frustrations mount as seven more fines issued for breaching quarantine

by | Jul 13, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

Tensions between people in self-quarantine and police are reaching new heights, with NT Police admitting they could not locate one man “for a number of days” after previously breaching quarantine and another quarantine scofflaw who told cops he’d fight the fines in court.

NT Police said a further seven fines were issued over the weekend, including to a 23-year-old woman who dropped her child off at a northern suburbs childcare centre, a 25-year-old man who had breached health orders previously and a 37-year-old man in Howard Springs who “continued to hang up on” police when they called to check on him.

In keeping with the new police protocol, details of where the people travelled from were not released.

“A compliance team was conducting checks in Howard Springs on a 37-year-old man who has previously been cautioned for leaving his residence,” police spokesman Rob Cross said in a statement.

“Police attempted to contact the man and he continued to hang up on them. The compliance team left and returned later to speak with the man who stated he would contest the fine in court. Police also identified that his driver’s licence was suspended.”

The 25-year-old Driver man received his third infringement fine over the weekend, although it remains unclear why he wasn’t put into supervised quarantine at his own expense, as Chief Minister Michael Gunner has previously threatened as punishment for people who breach health orders.

It’s also unclear how the man could be fined for breaching a 14-day quarantine order over the weekend, given that police said he arrived in the NT on June 24 from an undisclosed location.

“The man had been absent from his residence for a third time during compliance checks and police were unable to locate him for a number of days,” Mr Cross said. “He advised police that he had been in Adelaide River for a funeral.”

The 23-year-old Darwin woman was fined after dropping her child off at a childcare centre in Coconut Grove.

“Staff were aware that the woman had recently travelled,” Mr Cross said. “Police attended her residence and she was issued a fine.”

Police provided no further information about the woman.

A 40-year-old man in Katherine was also fined for sneaking out to a café for a coffee and to run errands and a 22-year-old woman in Alice Springs was fined after a photo on social media surfaced of her at a bar.

“Police were able to track her down and issue her a fine,” Mr Cross said.

A 39-year-old woman in Virigina and a 48-year-old man in the Narrows were also charged over the weekend for not being at their homes.

NT Police said a total of 131 fines have now been issued in the NT.

On Friday, everyone remaining in self-quarantine who hasn’t been in Victoria will be free to interact with the community again.

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