A Northern Territory man who breached COVID-19 restrictions by flying to Adelaide from Melbourne has been given a suspended sentence.
- Bernard Shackcloth flew into Adelaide from Melbourne last Friday
- He was charged after he falsely told airport staff he had flown in from Alice Springs
- He has been placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond
Bernard Shackcloth, 49, pleaded guilty to breaking the Emergency Management Act last Friday, when he falsely told police at Adelaide Airport he had come from Alice Springs.
Shackcloth told the Adelaide Magistrates Court that he was on medication that made him urgently need to go to the toilet and lied so he could skip the airport’s COVID-19 processing queue.
He said the bipolar medication he was currently on increased his cholesterol.
“I had All-Bran with skim milk for breakfast, so it’s good for cholesterol but when you got to go, you got to go,” he told the court.
“I was in dire straits.
Shackcloth told the court he had been in Bendigo, not Greater Melbourne and was fully vaccinated.
He left the airport after going to the toilet, but was picked up by police at a city hotel when they checked the flight manifests and found he had come from Melbourne.
Magistrate Christopher Smolicz said Shackcloth had put the community in danger.
“You had the opportunity to explain that you needed to go to the toilet,” he said.
Shackcloth was sentenced to three weeks’ jail, which was wholly suspended on a 12-month good behaviour bond.