How did we guess that. There is not a single one of them that can tell the truth – ever. Deport the lot. Of course she is African.
A teenager who breached WA’s strict quarantine laws last year and then did exactly the same thing four months later, after returning to Perth by falsely claiming she was going to a funeral, has been sentenced to six months jail.
- Isata Jalloh spent three days in jail last August for breaching quarantine
- She returned to WA in December and repeatedly left her hotel
- The magistrate called it “a gross breach of the community’s trust”
Isata Jalloh, 19, first came to public attention in August, when she and a friend flew into Perth from South Australia without permission, and then walked out of the hotel where they been directed to quarantine until they could be sent home.
They were both arrested at a unit in the southern suburb of Coolbellup and spent three days in Bandyup prison before being ordered out of the state.
Jalloh was fined $5,000 and told media before she boarded her flight that she would be back within months and would “enter by force.”
In November she successfully applied for permission to come back to WA from New South Wales, claiming she had a funeral to attend.
She arrived on December 6 and was supposed to spend two weeks self-isolating in a Northbridge hotel, but she was picked up at the airport by a man who went back to her room with her.
Then over the next 36 hours, she was captured on CCTV footage going in and out of the hotel with three women and four men, all who at some point spent time in her room.
She was arrested at a barber shop in Belmont in the company of one of the men.
Jalloh planned hotel party: police
Jalloh appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Bandyup Prison, where she has been held since her arrest, and pleaded guilty to 23 charges of failing to comply with a direction.
The WA Police prosecutor said it appeared from Jalloh’s movements that she intended on having a party in her room, because one her breaches involved going to a liquor shop, and she was recorded carrying shopping bags into the hotel.
On another occasion, she left the hotel and walked off down William Street. The prosecutor said Jalloh had lied to get permission to enter the state by claiming she was going to a funeral, and then when she was quizzed about it after her arrest, she claimed it was for a person who drowned at Scarborough beach.
But the prosecutor said the man’s death happened four days after Jalloh had submitted her G2G pass application.
The prosecutor described Jalloh’s actions as “abhorrent” and said they showed “a lack of empathy” for the family of the person who had drowned.
Magistrate condemns ‘gross breach’
Jalloh’s lawyer, Sue Maharaj, said her client accepted she had shown a blatant disregard for the law and the safety of the community.
But she said Jalloh had acted as a silly teenager and her time in custody had now made her realise the difference between “family” and “friends from social media”.
Ms Maharaj said Jalloh, who came to Australia as a refugee, hoped to return home and continue assisting her mother, who was her main emotional support, to live in the community.
Magistrate Deen Potter described Jalloh’s offences as “a gross breach of the community’s trust”, saying it was difficult to establish how many people had been put at risk by her behaviour.
He accepted that Jalloh was a young, immature person who had struggled after coming from a war-torn country in Africa, but he said the breaches were “very significant” and a jail term was required.
Jalloh was also fined $7,500 for providing false information on her application to enter WA.
She has already spent more than two months in custody and could be released on parole in a couple of weeks.