A famous bar owner and his friend from the financial planner were arrested on suspicion of robbing Victoria from WA to watch the AFL Grand Final. Hayden Burbank, 49, and Mark Babbage, 39, violated strict Covid 19 border controls on Saturday to see their beloved Melbourne demon take over as Prime Minister Perth.
They have accused me of doing it. The pair reportedly flew from Darwin to Perth on September 22, three days before the match, after arriving from Melbourne on September 14. Police allege that they falsely claim to be residents of the Northern Territory, which has an open border with Western Australia. South Australian police said in a statement that Burbank and Babbage had recently disembarked from the highway and were suspected of not complying with orders under the Emergency Management Act.
After the match, rumors spread on the Melbourne social scene that they were cheated on by a top finalist partner after seeing a photo of Burbank celebrating in the devil’s locker room.
Burbank was photographed by an AFL photographer and the snap was uploaded to the leagues’ official Instagram page with the caption “Great.”
In the photo, the Demons fan was sporting a blue and red guernsey in the locker room with a beer in one hand and the other around lead midfielder Alex Neal-Bullen.
Washington Prime Minister Mark McGowan banned players’ families from joining teams in Perth under strict Covid rules.
Burbank is a self-described millionaire who owns the upscale Morris Jones cocktail bar and nightclub in the upscale Melbourne suburb of Prahran.
mark babbage lives in Hawthorn works as a financial planner and mortgage broker and is related to a wealthy family in Toorak.
Western Australian police launched a manhunt of Burbank and Babbage on Tuesday morning and located them near Margaret River a few hours later.
Police asked the public for help locating them and included physical descriptions and mugshot-type photos.
The appeal alleged they left Perth in a black Audi S1 on Monday and headed to the southwest, a region laden with beaches and wineries popular with tourists.
The charges are expected to be filed later Tuesday and if found guilty of violating the strict WA border, the couple faces a year in jail or a $ 50,000 fine. We assume they came for the football, Washington Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.
The concern is that they are from Melbourne, but in the assessment provided by these two people they were allowed in.
We want to talk to them about the information that allowed them to get that approval.
It is understood that they are in the process of being deported home after being tested for Covid.
Burbanks’ Facebook page is awash with photos of him with various celebrities, including sprinter Usain Bolt and cricketer Brian Lara. He also posted videos of himself watching a Demons game earlier in the season and complained that his business was closed due to the Melbournes lockdown.
These fucking idiotic politicians need to see the effect these lockdowns are having on us, he wrote in July.
He also took it out on Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews last September, when the state was caught in a five-month lockdown during its second deadly wave.
All other states are functioning normally and we are caught up in this shit show that he created, he wrote.
On September 20, Commissioner Dawson told Melbourne football fans that anyone who does not have a permit to enter the state would be turned away.
‘All travelers to WA are met by an authorized officer at their point of entry and are required to have an approved G2G pass to enter the state,’ he said.
‘Travellers who do not meet approved travel categories will be refused entry and may be prosecuted.’
Mr. Dawson said there were ‘several’ instances where travelers attempted to enter the state with false G2G passes, including some who admitted to traveling purely to watch the Grand Final.
‘These people have been refused entry to WA and sent back to their point of origin at their expense,’ he said.