The Spanish nationwide on the centre of a South Australian police investigation into his failure to open up to contact tracers he labored shifts on the Woodville Pizza Bar has mentioned he’s “extraordinarily remorseful” for the lockdown within the state, however mentioned a few of the info circulating about his actions was “not honest, correct or full”.
The solicitor appearing for the 36-year-old man launched an announcement on Tuesday that he’s “extraordinarily remorseful and deeply sorry for any half his conduct performed in any pointless lockdown actions.
“He didn’t foresee or intend that issues would possibly unfold as they’ve.”
The person, who additionally labored within the kitchen on the Stamford medi-hotel, initially instructed contact tracers he had simply picked up a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar when he contracted Covid-19. This info led South Australian authorities to imagine there could possibly be way more widespread group transmission within the state and despatched South Australia right into a six-day lockdown.
The lockdown got here to an finish three days early when investigators decided the person had labored shifts within the bar alongside one other man who additionally labored as a safety guard on the Peppers Resort the place the Parafield outbreak originated.
As Guardian Australia reported on Monday, the 36-year-old man has restricted entry to info whereas in quarantine as a result of police seized his gadgets as a part of the investigation. Whereas he was not throughout the total extent of presidency media releases, public opinion and social media, Scott Jelbert, principal at Camena, mentioned within the assertion at this time that a few of the info being alleged about his consumer’s actions is “not honest, correct or full however the state authorities’s feedback”.
He mentioned the person “is worried he has been all however publicly named”.
Up to now week, state authorities have launched the person’s age, visa standing and nationality, along with stating the place he had labored. His solicitor mentioned the person was centered on “cooperating with the authorities and finishing quarantine”.
“He’s sincerely involved in regards to the affect of the lockdown on South Australians,” he mentioned.
“My consumer has not been charged with any breach of the legislation however within the circumstances, together with that such expenses could emerge, no additional remark about these issues is acceptable presently.”
The 40-odd officers concerned within the police taskforce established to research the matter are reviewing over 400 hours of CCTV footage from Pepper’s Resort.
Two individuals related to the Woodville Pizza Bar, who’re additionally in quarantine, have additionally been drawn into the investigation. Assistant commissioner Peter Harvey wouldn’t state on Monday what potential crimes – if any – have been being investigated.
“It might be nothing – that’s why we’re trying, that’s the entire objective of an investigation,” he mentioned.
“There’s plenty of emotion and plenty of need for one thing to be accomplished, however it will likely be accomplished fastidiously, it will likely be accomplished clinically.
“And we’ll put our case ahead – there is probably not a case. Simply the identical, there might be. That’s the purpose of the investigation.”
South Australia reported one new case of Covid-19 on Tuesday – a person in his 20s linked to a medi-hotel workers member within the Parafield cluster. The person was already in isolation.