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Sunday, May 26, 2024

WA woman fitted with tracking device after COVID breach


Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has ordered the state’s first electronic monitoring device be placed on a person in COVID-19 quarantine.

Police say the monitoring device was last night fitted to a 33-year-old woman accused of breaching a quarantine direction.

The person had originally been permitted to enter WA from NSW on 1 September and was directed to stay isolated at a private residence in Perth for a 14 day quarantine period.

Police say that officers attached to the Self Quarantine Assurance Team were conducting a routine check on Thursday when they discovered two men visiting the woman at her Perth home, while she was under the self-quarantine direction.

The woman was advised she would be issued with a $1,000 infringement for Failure to Comply with a Direction and was moved to a Perth quarantine hotel. 

After careful consideration of the circumstances of the breach and the woman’s previous history, the State Emergency Coordinator, Police Commissioner Dawson, formed a view that it was necessary to monitor her location during the quarantine period.

The monitoring device, attached to the woman’s ankle, will remain in place until the end of the woman’s quarantine period. 

The 33-year-old woman is the first person in WA to be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet under laws introduced by the WA Government as part of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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