A Karratha man who drove 1500km across regional WA instead of checking into hotel quarantine to self isolate upon returning to WA has been slammed for “putting everyone at risk” by a South Hedland magistrate. Richard Bianco was on Wednesday fined $6000 over what Magistrate Gavin Maclean described as a “smokescreen of confusion” for flouting WA’s strict hotel quarantine guidelines. Court heard Bianco arrived in Perth from Queensland on July 26, where he claimed a car was left for him, and was directed to self-isolate at the Pensione Hotel for 14 days. But Bianco’s ex-partner picked him up at the airport and the accused admitted to court he did nothing to contact the hotel. The pair then drove through Geraldton and Carnarvon on the way to Karratha. At a service station in Carnarvon, Bianco entered the premises without checking in with the SafeWA app or wearing a face mask. Magistrate Maclean said Bianco’s failure to comply with the terms of the G2G pass was a deliberate obfuscation. “This was an obvious deception where you created wiggle room for yourself and this whole thing is just a fiction.” he said. “This is not just a breach but dishonesty on your part where you were sidestepping restrictions.” Magistrate Maclean said Bianco risked people contracting a fatal disease at a time when quarantine was vigorously enforced in the State. “He prioritised himself above every one else in the state and tried to cover his tracks,” he said. Bianco applied for three G2G passes previously and returned a negative COVID-19 result.