Australian man jailed for two months for breaching Covid self-quarantine orders | Western Australia

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A Western Australian man has been jailed for at least two months for booking tradespeople to work on his house while he was supposed to be quarantining after returning from interstate.

The 53-year-old man arrived in Perth from Brisbane on 27 June. He was ordered to quarantine for 14 days and said he would quarantine at his home in Scarborough.

In addition to tradespeople, the man also invited members of the public to his home to buy items he had been selling on an online platform.

Police were alerted after the man told someone visiting his home that he was under Covid self-quarantine orders.

“Subsequent to entering self-quarantine the man had tradespeople conducting work and members of the public attend his address to buy items that were listed for sale online,” WA police said.

“A complaint was made to police after the man disclosed to a person attending his address that he was under self-quarantine,” police said.

The man pleaded guilty to 15 counts of failing to comply with a direction and was sentenced to seven months in jail.

He will serve two months of his sentence immediately, with the final five months suspended.

As part of WA’s Covid rules at the time, someone isolating under his conditions was not allowed to have visitors.

WA recorded no new Covid cases on Tuesday.

The state has maintained some of the strictest hard border restrictions in response to outbreaks in other states.

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