Flirty act before quarantine ‘mistake’
Details have emerged of how a 53-year-old woman ended up in the room of an ADF soldier undertaking hotel quarantine, with the woman now admitting it was a "mistake" to visit and she "didn't need to be there".
A 26-year-old air force officer was caught "entertaining" the older woman in his hotel quarantine room in Sydney this week after the pair reportedly caught sight of each other through their windows.
Both were slapped with a $1000 fine after the woman's voice was heard in the officer's room, NSW police said.
The man was a serving ADF member who is undertaking quarantine after returning from overseas deployment.
Fresh details have emerged of how the woman got the soldier's attention, with the Daily Mailclaiming the woman used some "flirtatious" tactics after spotting him on his balcony.
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The publication claims the woman was having cocktails with friends at a bar on the ground floor of the hotel when she spotted the younger man having a drink on the balcony of his room.
She was then allegedly seen "dancing flirtatiously" to get it attention, leading to the man holding up a sign with his phone number and informing her he was in quarantine.
It is understood she then contacted the man and, at some point, the RAAF officer snuck her into his room.
The woman has since told the Daily Mail it was a "mistake" to visit the soldier's room, adding that she didn't realise she was doing anything wrong at the time.
She said she was co-operating with police and had not been advised to self-isolate.
"I'm surprised that I was able to stay in a hotel that was being used for quarantine. It wasn't strictly defined as to what the restrictions were on other guests," she said.
At 12.45am on Tuesday, Australian Defence Force personnel conducting security in the corridors of the harbourside hotel became suspicious when they heard a female voice through the door of a room.
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When they investigated, they found the woman, who was not undertaking quarantine, in the soldier's room.
She was escorted from the room and the hotel's quarantine section and directed to check out immediately while police were called.
Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command attended the hotel, which is managed by the ADF, before speaking separately with the officer and the woman.
"After extensive inquiries by police, the man, 26, and woman, 53, who was the man's guest, were both fined $1000 for fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to Section 7/8/9 - COVID-19." NSW Police said in a statement.
The woman was directed to check out of the hotel immediately, and undergo a COVID-19 test before isolating at her Hornsby home.
The man remains in hotel quarantine and the ADF are conducting further inquiries.
Originally published as Flirty act before quarantine 'mistake'