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Coronavirus crisis: NSW man jailed after three isolation breaches

Coronavirus crisis: NSW man jailed after three isolation breaches

A man who recently returned to Australia from overseas is behind bars after NSW police stopped him from going outside for a third time in two days.

The 30-year-old man, who landed at Sydney International Airport after flying home from Jordan on March 18, was ordered to self-quarantine at his Edensor Park home for 14 days in case he had the coronavirus.

But he allegedly went out to Pagewood about 1.20am on Saturday March 28, was given a $1000 on-the-spot fine and ordered to return home.

Then at 10pm on Saturday night he arrested on Pitt St in the CBD, charged with disobeying a ministerial direction under the Public Health Act and granted bail to appear in court in May.

But because of his alleged failure to self-isolate at his Edensor Park home, a public health order was made directing him to do so at a serviced apartment at Camperdown.

He was arrested again after he allegedly tried to leave the flat on Sunday.

The man was due to face Central Local Court on Monday after being refused bail on charges of not complying with a public health order, not complying with a ministerial direction under the public health act and breaching bail.

NSW Police Minister David Elliott condemned the alleged “reckless and selfish behaviour (that) could have dangerous consequences to the community at large at a time when the vast majority are united to protect lives”.

Meanwhile, police overnight shut down a Japanese restaurant on George Street in Sydney’s CBD where about eight men were playing poker and drinking alcohol.

Most fled when officers entered the premises but two were given $1000 on-the-spot fines. The business owner was also issued a $5000 fine.

“Officers will be doing everything in their power to ensure compliance - but we will not succeed in stopping the spread of this virus unless we have the community’s cooperation,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.