Odd reason for alleged quarantine breach

By | June 26, 2021

A motivational speaker from Victoria has been charged with failing to comply with a Covid-19 quarantine direction after arriving in Western Australia.

Police allege John Wesley McMahon, 49, arrived at Perth Airport from Victoria on Wednesday and was issued with a direction to self-quarantine for 14 days.

During a check on Thursday, police allege Mr McMahon was not present and later arrested him in Fremantle.

“It will be alleged the man conducted a motivational speech in Rockingham on June 23 and planned to conduct further speeches in Fremantle on June 24 and 25,” police said in a statement on Friday.

Police also alleged Mr McMahon provided false information about where he had been in the previous two weeks before entering WA.

“Police will allege the man had been in NSW and Queensland in the 14 days prior to his arrival,” police said.

“The WA Police Force has provided details of the arrest and the speaking event to the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre to review any potential health risk and provide any required advice.”

Mr McMahon faced Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with two counts of failing to comply with a direction and one count of giving false or misleading information.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on July 23.

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