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Brisbane, Adelaide women to front Perth Magistrates Court over quarantine breach

The Advertiser 2020-08-20 03:57:00

Western Australia could soon have 100 extra Australian Defence Force personnel after two women breached hotel quarantine to party with an amateur rapper.

The two young women flew to Perth from Adelaide on Monday night, allegedly without permission, and then escaped from the Novotel Hotel where they were quarantining.

Siri Kidd, a local rapper, was hosting a party at an apartment in Coolbellup. It’s understood the 19-year-old Brisbane and 22-year-old Adelaide women dodged hotel security to escape the hotel in a taxi.

Police were able to track the women using their mobile phones, before arresting them on Tuesday morning.

Kidd said he was caught by surprise.

“I’d met them once before but that was it,” he said in a Channel 9 interview.

“I didn’t know they were coming … they said they might not be allowed to come but they just rocked up.”

As a result, the WA Premier Mark McGowan has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to request 100 extra ADF personnel to help man the state’s hotel quarantine and border control systems.

The two women will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with failing to comply with a direction under WA’s Emergency Management Act.

In their first appearance on Wednesday, the court heard when police called one of the women, she laughed and hung up the phone, and the police prosecutor said the pair had “actively avoided officers and put everyone’s welfare at risk”.

Originally published as Quarantine dodgers partied with rapper