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ID of teen clubber who allegedly partied despite direction to isolate revealed

The identity of a teenager who allegedly ignored a direction to isolate after testing positive to COVID-19 and went to a popular Adelaide nightclub has been revealed.

Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested and charged with breaching a direction under the Emergency Management Act over the incident that happened at a Hindley St club on December 17.

While the Kensington Park resident was initially going to be held in custody on remand until Wednesday, he was released from the City Watch House and granted police bail on Tuesday.

He is due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court in February next year.

It can now be revealed that Ralph MacIntosh is the alleged Covid positive nightclub goer. 7 News
Camera IconIt can now be revealed that Ralph MacIntosh is the alleged Covid positive nightclub goer. 7 News Credit: Supplied
The 19-year-old quickly exited the City Watch House after he was released on police bail on Tuesday. 7 News
Camera IconThe 19-year-old quickly exited the City Watch House after he was released on police bail on Tuesday. 7 News Credit: Supplied

As he left the facility, Mr MacIntosh was seen in a striped red and blue jumper, holding a bag over each of his shoulders and a mobile phone to his ear.

He was met by a woman who tried to block media cameras while waiting reporters questioned the teen.

Mr MacIntosh said: “I won’t be answering any questions” before entering a silver Mercedes Benz that drove off.

The Advertiser reports Mr MacIntosh attended Pembroke School and St Peter’s College before moving to Geelong Grammar.

SA Police will allege the eastern suburbs resident remained at the city nightclub and did not quarantine after being told by SA Health that he tested positive to COVID-19.

It is alleged Mr MacIntosh received the text message that he was required by law to isolate immediately at about 10.20pm.

Mr Macintosh allegedly went to Loverboy nightclub following a direction to isolate after receiving a positive result. Supplied/Facebook
Camera IconMr Macintosh allegedly went to Loverboy nightclub following a direction to isolate after receiving a positive result. Supplied/Facebook Credit: Supplied
He has now been arrested and charged with breaching a direction under the Emergency Management Act. Supplied/Facebook
Camera IconHe has now been arrested and charged with breaching a direction under the Emergency Management Act. Supplied/Facebook Credit: Supplied

The teenager was later put into the state’s dedicated COVID positive medi hotel Tom’s Court to complete isolation.

The club was identified as a close contact exposure site by SA Health, allegedly forcing about 150 patrons and staff into quarantine.

In a statement, Loverboy’s management said it was forced to close over what would have been the busiest week of the year.

If found guilty, Mr MacIntosh could face a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine over the charge.

In a statement, Loverboy management said it was forced to close over what would have been the busiest week of the year. Supplied/Facebook
Camera IconIn a statement, Loverboy management said it was forced to close over what would have been the busiest week of the year. Supplied/Facebook Credit: Supplied

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