The pizza bar worker at the centre of a police investigation accused of lying to contact tracers said he is 'extremely remorseful and deeply sorry' for his actions.
In a statement issued on behalf a 36-year-old Spanish man, solicitor Scott Jelbert said his client was in quarantine and feared his personal details would be made public.
Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe Adelaide Woodville Pizza Bar employee at the centre of a police investigation accused of lying to contact tracers said he is "extremely remorseful and deeply sorry" for his actions.In a statement issued on behalf of his client, solicitor Scott Jelbert said the 36-year-old Spanish man was in quarantine and feared his personal details would be made public.
Authorities originally thought the man in question had contracted the virus after buying a pizza from the shop, sparking fears the Parafield coronavirus cluster was the result of a possible "super strain" being transmitted through food packaging.
"He did not foresee or intend that things might unfold as they have," the worker's lawyer said in a statement.Credit:Getty ImagesInstead, the man had worked shifts at the pizza bar where he was infected while working alongside a security guard who had contracted the virus at the Peppers Waymouth quarantine hotel in Adelaide's CBD. The Spanish man also worked as a kitchen hand at another quarantine hotel, the Stamford Hotel. headtopics.com
AdvertisementLoading"He is extremely remorseful and deeply sorry for any part his conduct played in any unnecessary lock-down actions. He did not foresee or intend that things might unfold as they have," Mr Jelbert said in a statement on behalf of his client on Tuesday.
"Since entering quarantine he has had limited information about government media releases, public opinion and social media."I am however instructed that some information is not fair, accurate or complete notwithstanding the state government’s comments, and he is concerned he has been all but publicly named.Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald »
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Why isn't their picture all over the media? It was OK to name and shame two women for crossing a border, but not ok to do the same for a liar who caused a state to go into lockdown? Hypocrisy thy name is modern journalism. I cancelled a $15K holiday to SA because of that debacle. He will never be able to repay society, useless p**ck.
His name is Pollo Poco Shall we know what's behind the lies? Is it because he doesn't want people to know he is working there? Maybe he does so because he works more hours than his visa allows or he gets paid by cash to avoid tax? What’s the bs about him not knowing anything about what’s going on, now he’s in quarantine. Especially as his devices have been confiscated?
Man says after reading SMH story...never trusted the Spanish...not since they tried it on with old mate Lord Nelson. post hog 4 forgiveness