WA first as woman in ankle bracelet for quarantine fail

WA first as woman in ankle bracelet for quarantine fail

A woman has become the first person ordered to wear a GPS tracking device for the first time ever since the laws were introduced.

The order, believed to be one of the first of its kind in Australia, was made after the woman allegedly breached quarantine directions after she travelled back to WA from New South Wales on September 1.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson used his COVID-19 emergency powers to order the 33-year-old woman to be fitted with the ankle bracelet on Friday.

The woman was given an exemption to enter WA but was directed to isolate in her Perth home alone for 14 days.

WA Police said when quarantine officers conducted a routine check on the woman on September 10 they found two men at the house.

She was fined $1000 for failing to comply with the direction and was moved to a Perth hotel to finish her quarantine period but last night police fitted her with an 'electronic monitoring device'.

"After careful consideration of the circumstances of the breach and the woman's previous history, the state emergency coordinator [Mr Dawson] formed a view that it was necessary to monitor her location during the quarantine period," WA Police said in a statement.

"The monitoring device, attached to the woman's ankle, will remain in place until the end of the woman's quarantine period."

In August WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said police were working toward fitting a GPS tracker to a 53-year-old man who allegedly breached his quarantine directions by visiting a Perth pub but he did not end up being ordered to wear a device.

The emergency powers were introduced in April, along with $3 million to purchase the GPS monitoring equipment.

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