EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: A husband-and-wife couple who broke Covid public health orders to travel almost 50 kilometres from their outer suburban home to visit an inner-west Sydney bank ended up arrested this week after the pair refused to sign in with a QR code and abused staff and security. Serkan Ozturk reports.
A married couple with seemingly urgent financial needs have been arrested this week after leaving their home during Sydney’s Covid lockdown and then abusing staff and security guards at a bank almost 50 kilometres away when they refused to check in by scanning a QR code.
The bizarre incident occurred about 3.30pm on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 3, at the Commonwealth Bank branch located at Ashfield Mall, in Sydney’s inner-west.
The man, aged 55, and his 63-year-old wife had travelled there from their home in Eagle Vale in Sydney’s south-west, more than 45 kilometres away from the bank.
The man is alleged to have entered the bank without scanning the QR code.
Police alleged when a staff member asked the man to scan the QR code he allegedly became abusive.
WATCH POLICE ARREST THE MAN AT ASHFIELD MALL
A 46-year-old male security officer then got involved and he was allegedly pushed by the man and also threatened.
When officers from Burwood Police Station arrived, the man was still at the bank.
Police say that when they approached the man it will be alleged he became abusive and upon being arrested he attempted to resist officers.
The man’s 63-year-old wife was then also arrested and charged for allegedly hindering the arrest of her husband.
The man has been charged with common assault, stalking and intimidation, as well as resisting arrest.
Both have also been charged with breaking Covid public health directives.
A witness who saw the scene unfold described it to True Crime News Weekly as being “funny”.
“I saw this as it was happening,” the witness said.
“The bloke was yelling, ‘I can’t breathe’. Funniest shit I’ve ever seen.”
The couple have been granted conditional bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday, October 5.