A ‘selfish’ and ‘thoughtless’ man who did his grocery shopping without wearing a mask while knowing he was infected with Covid has been jailed.
Daniel Kennedy, a 22-year-old Wollongong man, was jailed for 21 days and fined $1000 dollars after shopping at Woolworths in the Wollongong CBD on September 18.
He received a notice to self-isolate for 14 days after testing positive to the virus on September 8.
But on Saturday, police spotted Mr Kennedy walking into the supermarket without a face mask on.
After approaching him and asking for identification, the man offered fake names and information.
Mr Kennedy was threatened with a search and conceded, saying ‘okay, I lied, I will give you my name’.
After being taken to Wollongong Police Station, further violations of public health orders were revealed.
NSW Police went to check up on Mr Kennedy at his grandmother’s home in Dapto on September 14, but he wasn’t there.
His grandmother told police that she had not seen her grandson for weeks.
According to the defence, the Covid positive man had been isolating at his mother’s Wollongong home instead of the address registered to NSW Health.
On Monday in court, magistrate Claire Girotto sentenced him to a stint in prison to send a ‘sharp message to the community’.
‘At the least this is a thoughtless act and at worst an extremely selfish act, (him saying) ‘I’ve got Covid, I don’t care’,’ magistrate Girotto said to the court.
‘Who knows how many people have caught Covid because of him not wearing a mask’.
Defence lawyer Greg Melrose said to the court that his client didn’t understand the severity of his crimes.
‘He doesn’t appear to have any overt symptoms, it may be that he did not in fact pose a substantial risk to anyone,’ Mr Melrose said.
Mr Kennedy pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a self-isolation direction and not wearing a fitted face covering in a business premises on Monday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Dave Weaver opposed the defence, claiming that they are not medical professionals and cannot say how infectious he may have been.
Mr Kennedy will be released from jail on October 11.Internet Explorer Channel Network