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Police say that last Monday a man visited the Murwillumbah Library and refused to comply with the current health order to check-in.

He was asked to complete the COVID-19 check in via the QR code at the entrance of the library, which he refused – he has argued with staff believing he did not have to provide details due to privacy legislation. The female staff member advised the accused that as per requirements, he is obliged to supply his details or his permission to enter would be refused.

The accused continued to refuse to comply, becoming irate and argumentative.

The accused entered the premises without signing in even though he was requested to on numerous occasions. He eventually left the premises.

Refuses a second time

At about 1.20pm on Tuesday the April 20, the accused Nicholas Monk again attended the
Murwillumbah Library and was requested by staff to utilize the QR code at the entrance to sign in, as per Covid requirements.

The accused refused, entering the premises yelling at other patrons and recording them. Staff advised him to leave the premises if he refused to sign-in, to which the
accused again stated that due to privacy legislation, he was not required to sign in.

Police were contacted and attended a short time later. The accused left shortly before police attendance. Police obtained the description and patrolled the area.

Police located the man exiting a vehicle that was parked near the intersection of Murwillumbah and Brisbane Streets, Murwillumbah. Police conducted checks on the vehicle and found that the vehicle had cancelled registration and was owned by the accused.

Refuses to sing-in at pub

Police observed the accused walk into the Courthouse Hotel on Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah.

Police located the man at the rear of the premises and activated body-worn video. Police advised the accused that they had a complaint by the library that he refused to sign in as requested.

The accused requested to record police interaction and stated that he had legislation that he was not required to. Police advised the man that due to his behaviour he was not permitted to return to the library.

He continued to act belligerently and was argumentative, questioning police powers.

The man had failed to sign into the courthouse hotel as required and therefore was advised to leave the premises by the licensee which the accused complied. The accused requested information from police regarding the COVID related legislation which police stated to the accused that he would have to attend the station to obtain requested documentation.

Recording police

The accused followed police to the Murwillumbah Police Station and continued recording them. While police were obtaining the requested paperwork, the accused left the Station.

At about 8.15pm on Thursday April 22, Police attended the accused’s address in Murwillumbah to serve paperwork regarding the incidents over the previous days. Body-worn video was activated.

At the commencement of the conversation, the accused was yelling, and argumentative demanding police step off the front landing of the premises. Police attempted to speak to the accused but their attempts failed.

Police asked the man if they did step off the landing and onto the street would he listen to police, the accused stated that he would. Police stepped off the landing and onto the street and again attempted to explain the banning notice and the infringements that he was receiving.

The accused refused to listen and was again yelling at police. Due to the refusal to listen. attending police attempted to pass the paperwork to the accused which he refused to take.

Yelling and swearing at police

Police put the paperwork on the ground in front of the man, to which the accused has kicked the paperwork away. The accused began walking towards police, into their personal space yelling and swearing at police.

Police asked the accused numerous times to step back which the accused ignored. Due to the aggressive nature of the man and that it was apparent that the accused was becoming more irate with police, police have walked from the premises. The accused continued to swear, and abuse police which police have warned the accused that if he continued, he would be committing an offence.

The accused was easily heard from the roadway. The accused took no notice to the warning and continued to yell and swear at police whilst they left the location.

As a result of his behaviour, he has been issued an infringement for offensive language.

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