A Sydney teenager who sparked a seven-day Covid lockdown in Byron Bay after sneaking into the area with his father has been fined $35,000, while a TV make up artist admitted leaving a trail of possible infection across the beachside town.
Kristian Radovanovic, 19, did not appear for his sentence as he has travelled to Serbia with his father to care for his grandmother, Waverley Local Court was told on Monday.
He pleaded guilty to four charges after the Rose Bay family travelled to NSW’s northern rivers region to buy a farm in late July and failed to abide by public health orders.
For not using a QR code and failing to wear a mask in a general store Kristian Radovanovic was fined $5,000 and $7,500 respectively, and for not wearing a mask nor using a QR code in a taxi he was fined $12,500 and $10,000 respectively.
Kristian Radovanovic, 19, did not appear for his sentence as he has travelled to Serbia with his father to care for his grandmother, the Waverley Local Court was told on Monday
Radovanovic pleaded guilty to four charges after the Rose Bay family travelled to NSW’s northern rivers region to purchase a farm in late July and failed to abide by public health orders
Kelly Anne Bowman, 32, pleaded guilty to five charges of not checking in at a string of Byron Bay businesses while she was infected, sparking a snap lockdown in September.
Bowman, from Rushcutters Bay in Sydney’s well-heeled Eastern Suburbs had been granted an exemption to fly to Byron to work on the TV show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
But she allegedly ignored the restrictions on her permit and left her accommodation to visit five different businesses and ignored the QR code check ins before testing positive.
Her lawyer pleaded guilty to the five charges of not checking in, but has not entered a plea to breaching the permit restrictions.
Tweed Heads Local Court heard Bowman admitted visiting Combi Byron Bay, Salt & Pepper Wanderlust Byron Bay, Assembly Label Byron Bay, Rowie Byron Bay and Salt Cellars Kingscliff without checking in.
But here defence lawyer Michael Hempsall insisted police had yet to supply any evidence she had not complied with her permit restrictions.
‘If the (officer-in-charge) can provide that, we will enter a plea of guilty,’ Mr Hempsall told the court, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Bowman’s case was adjourned until January 17 when a plea must be entered.
Former gyprocker Radovanovic was already serving a community corrections order following a police pursuit while drink driving when he was charged over his jaunt to Byron.
He was also on a conditional release order for affray after joining a brawl.
Magistrate Paul Mulroney said all offences involved a disregard for public health and safety.
‘He did not care at all about the rest of the community,’ he said.
‘What he did was not just irresponsible, not just criminal, but had the real potential to put the lives and the wellbeing of the community at serious risk.
‘I am imposing substantial fines to drive home to other people who don’t think this is serious… there should be significant consequences.’
Lawyer David Newham said Kristian Radovanovic’s father had twice tried to buy property in the northern rivers region in 2020 but in June 2021 his senior business partner inspected a farm and in essence communicated ‘this is the one’.
When a Serbian father tells his son to jump, Mr Newham said, he asks ‘how high?’.
‘At that point in time, they didn’t know they were infected with Covid-19 at all,’ the lawyer said.
The family packed up some belongings and travelled to Byron Bay on July 31 to inspect the land but were disappointed.
Lawyer David Newham said Kristian Radovanovic’s father Zoran (pictured) had twice tried to buy property in the northern rivers region in 2020 but in June 2021 his senior business partner inspected a farm and in essence communicated ‘this is the one’
Zoran sold this home in Forestville for $2.25 million in 2020 before moving to Rose Bay in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
The father, Zoran, made an offer on a Nimbin property on August 5, but by this time he was having breathing difficulties he assumed was his chronic asthma.
Days later the 52-year-old was admitted to hospital with the virus, subsequently leading Byron Bay and surrounding areas into a one-week lockdown in August.
Mr Newham said his client accepted there was no excuse for his conduct but pointed out ‘half the people around were doing the same thing’.
Zoran Radovanovic’s case is also up for mention at Lismore Local Court on Monday.