Alleged hotel quarantine escapee to remain behind bars

A woman accused of escaping hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast has fronted court after being tracked down north of Brisbane on the weekend.

Jessica Lee Heath, 24, was intercepted at the Queensland border on July 31 after coming from a New South Wales hotspot before being arrested and charged with several offences.

She was released on bail on Monday and ordered into 14 days quarantine at the Sofitel in Broadbeach.


But Heath didn’t stay long, allegedly escaping via a fourth-floor balcony on Tuesday night after forcing open a glass door.

It wasn’t until Wednesday that she was discovered missing.

Heath was taken into custody in Caboolture on Saturday after being spotted by a member of the public.

She was charged with failing to comply with a COVID-19 health direction, wilful damage, stealing and breach of bail.

Heath fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court via videolink on Monday but did not apply for bail.

She will remain in custody with her case adjourned to Southport Magistrates Court on August 24 when her other charges were due to be mentioned.