Couple fined, ordered to attend court docket over quarantine breach

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A pair who filmed themselves refusing coronavirus compliance checks from police have been slapped with fines and ordered to attend court docket.

The man and girl, from Kiama on the south coast of NSW, posted a video to Facebook of themselves berating a police officer who was attempting to conduct a compliance test after they’d returned from Victoria.

The video confirmed the 36-year-old man and 37-year-old girl refusing to open the door for the officer and asking to see his “business card” and his “insurance policy”.

When the officer questioned why he would wish to offer that, the person replies: “We’re going to go after you for trespassing on our lot”.

The police officer then tells them that they will make a criticism to their native station, however the male says: “I don’t want to complain to the police station, I want to complain to you.”

The male occupant then tells the police officer: “I‘m going to go after you personally. Not the NSW Police”.

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In a statement, Lake Illawarra Police said the couple returned to NSW from Victoria on July 12 with their two children and were made aware of their requirements to self-isolate for 14 days at home.

Police conducted compliance checks at the Kiama address on July 14, July 15 and July 21 and provided information about self-isolation requirements on each occasion.

It’s alleged the couple, who had been required to stay at their dwelling with their two youngsters till July 26, left the house on a number of events between July 20 and July 22.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation was commenced.

Following inquiries, police confirmed the couple had every been fined $1000 and the person was ordered to attend court docket on September 23 for failing to adjust to public well being instructions.

NSW Police issued a press release after the video surfaced, explaining the officer had been performing as“part of proactive compliance operations” to test the occupants had been fulfilling ”self-isolation necessities”.

“The officer announced his office to the occupants of the home – a 36-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman – who refused to provide details or respond to COVID-compliance questions,” a NSW Police spokeswoman stated.

“After numerous failed attempts to obtain basic information, the officer left the home and reported the incident to his supervisor.

“Police will continue to conduct proactive visits to homes and businesses throughout the Illawarra – and across the state – to ensure compliance with all orders under the Public Health Act.”