Richmond AFL player Sydney Stack has pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s strict COVID quarantine laws, but will have to wait until March to find out his penalty.
- Sidney Stack was arrested in Northbridge last month
- He had been granted permission to enter WA on compassionate grounds
- He pleaded guilty to breaching quarantine laws
Stack, who last year breached AFL COVID protocols by attending a Gold Coast strip club, spent nearly three weeks in jail after being arrested in Perth’s entertainment precinct of Northbridge.
The footballer had been granted permission, on compassionate grounds, to enter WA from Melbourne via South Australia 10 days earlier so that he could attend his grandfather’s funeral.
He was permitted to complete his 14-day quarantine at a property in Northam, about 100 kilometres east of Perth, but police said he was found in Northbridge in the early hours of Saturday, December 19.
He first appeared in court on Sunday, December 20.
Officers said he was staying at a house in suburban Belmont and not at the Northam address where he was supposed to be quarantining.
Stack was granted bail earlier this month after a Supreme Court judge said it was unlikely he would receive a jail term if convicted.
The footballer appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court again on Wednesday morning and pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a direction.
Stack’s lawyer requested that pre-sentence and psychological reports be prepared for his sentencing, but they usually took six weeks to complete so the case was adjourned until March 25.
Stack made no comment as he left court, but his manager Paul Peos said neither he nor Stack could say anything because the matter was still before the courts.
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