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Zoran Radovanovic and son enter guilty pleas after sending region into lockdown

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Zoran Radovanovic, 52, and his 19-year-old son, Kristian Radovanovic, elected not to appear in person when their cases came before Lismore local court yesterday (Monday).

Lismore local court. Image: nswcourts.com.au

However, lawyers for the pair entered a series of guilty pleas on their behalf.

Radovanovic senior pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to comply with electronic registration codes (QR codes).

He has not yet entered a plea in relation to three charges of failing to comply with a COVID direction.

Kristian Radovanovic entered guilty please to all four charges against him, including two charges of failing to comply with electronic registration (QR codes), one charge of failing to comply with a COVID direction, and one charge of failing to wear a face mask on public transport or in a taxi.

Police allege that Radovanovic senior drove to the North Coast in late July with his two teenage children to look at real estate and failed to use QR codes to check into venues.

He became ill while in the region and required hospitalisation, where he tested positive to COVID-19, as did his children.

The Byron, Richmond Valley, Lismore, and Ballina local government areas were plunged into a snap seven-day lockdown after news of the infection emerged.

On August 14, the lockdown was extended and introduced for seven days for the rest of regional New South Wales, which then blew out to September 10 for large parts of the state.

Father and son remain on bail, with the father’s case to be mentioned again at Lismore on November 15 and the son’s matter to be mentioned in Waverley Local Court on November 8.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. Those who lost money because of the selfishness of the Radovanovices might consider mounting a class action for their losses. It could set an example to others who would disrespect our communities.

    • Yeah right, what about the idiots from Kyogle that came here from greater Sydney when they were not meant to and then setup what looks like a …. setup and is the cause of the current outbreak? How many people will die in the area because the actions of that person/people, plus we suffered more lockdown? Then the secondary contacts knew they were in contact with someone from the Greater Sydney area and then went through the community spreading the virus anyway. No one seems to care about that.

  2. You can not pin a pandemic on two people. It looks like these two people are made a scapegoat. How many out there are carrying the virus without knowing and without being tested, as inaccurate as these test may be. To call for class action is silly and irresponsible. You are fighting a ghost.
    Try the Americans and the gain of function research into covid, then carried said research to Wuhan in China, where it may have been released by accident.
    All very well documented and kept silent. Consider class action against those two states. But yeah, two people from Sydney are responsible.Duh!

    • How dare you question the narrative its a long bow to draw trying to link a country that dropped 2 atomic bombs on civilians cities used chemical warfare against the veitnamese used depleted uranium against the Arabs this list could be endless but to think they created a biological weapon in a lab known for its leaks well that is just nuts.

  3. AGREE.. AGREE.. AGREE….these 2 were sooooo irresponsible I am still angry about their self centred ,dangerous behaviour months on. Why were they allowed out on bail ? Are they vaccinated yet ?? Not only did they manage to shut down our entire region creating not only economic hardship , but managed to selfishly endanger the lives of many. AS THE FATHER WAS A COVID DENIER OMG( what more evidence does he need) he eventually became very ill & was admitted to Lismore hospital. I have friends who are nurses & they were extremely distressed and anxious about having to nurse people unvaccinated & many of them were unvaccinated due to vaccines being sent to Syd on 2 major occasions. I could not believe that in July nurses were still unvaccinated or had only (maybe) received one shot? BOTH FEDERAL & OUR STATE GOVT have stuffed up on numerous occasions & never have wanted to be accountable. Weeks before Gladys resigned (she didn’t have to resign either) she refused to attend press conferences. THIS INCOMPETENCE / DISRESPECT AND ARROGANCE JUST GOES ON & ON. When will the NSW electorate wake up , get informed and demand better for NSW citizens , including rural & regional communities? When …..

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