Quarantine agitator forced to Howard Springs facility for being ‘inappropriate’

by | Apr 15, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

A man who police identified as a trouble-maker since arriving in town and who disobeyed mandatory quarantine orders has been picked up for “inappropriate behaviour” and forced into a former workers camp, NT Police said Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old man was taken to the former Inpex worker’s village at Howard Springs, which also houses some of the Territory’s confirmed lower-risk coronavirus patients, after “disruptive behaviour” at an undisclosed government selected hotel quarantine site.

It’s believed the man is the same man who arrived from Perth on April 6 and was handed a $1,099 fine for breaching quarantine orders on that day, after police had identified him as “high-risk for potential non-compliance”. But police could not state that in a late press release.

Northern Territory Police spokeswoman Elle Arnold said in the release that the man had been forced into an undisclosed Darwin hotel earlier this month. He had previously escaped the hotel and had “limited contact” in the community. 

But the police continued to withhold details about the original breach and the latest “inappropriate behaviour” which warranted the move to the Howard Springs facility. They also did not elaborate on the original assessment of how they determined that he was “high-risk” for non-compliance.

Commissioner Jamie Chalker said “compliance from everyone is essential during this critical period for the Northern Territory”.

“The man has been relocated to provide authorities with a level of oversight to ensure the man is properly cared for while he completes his quarantine period,” he said in the statement.

“Irresponsible behaviour and non-compliance is not tolerated and we will take action against those who threaten the safety of Territorians.”

It remains unclear whether he was fined again and if he will still be paying the government-imposed $2500 fee for hotel accomodation. Police said the relocation to the Howard Springs facility was done under a direction by the NT’s chief health officer.

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