Queensland FIFO worker fined and denied bail after allegedly breaching quarantine in Perth


A 32-year-old Queensland man has been refused bail after being charged with failing to comply with COVID-19 quarantine orders in Perth.

It is alleged that Selu Cecil Thornley Siitia was found outside the East Perth apartment he was supposed to be staying in on Friday, October 23.

Police said he was discovered at the front of the Mont Clare Boutique complex, and he told them he had dropped his phone.

During the investigation, police identified another possible breach, during which Mr Siitia allegedly played cards and was drinking with another guest.

Police allege that they again found Mr Siitia outside the complex.

Mr Siitia is alleged to have become aggressive when he was directed to secure self-quarantine at the InterContinental hotel.(ABC News: Julian Robbins)

The Perth Magistrates Court was told that Mr Siitia became aggressive when he was directed to secure self-quarantine at the InterContinental hotel.

He was arrested and taken to the Perth Watch House.

Mr Siitia’s lawyer said he was originally from New Zealand and was a FIFO worker based in Queensland with no criminal record.

She said his quarantine period was scheduled to end on October 27, and he would have to start again if he was remanded to Hakea Prison.

But Magistrate Benjamin Tyers said it looked like an “open and shut case” and refused bail for Mr Siitia, who will appear in court again on November 9.

Mr Siitia and his card-playing companion, a 30-year-old man from NSW, have each been fined $1,000.

In August, a 31-year-old man was given a six-month jail term after repeatedly breaching Western Australia’s strict quarantine laws.



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