COVID-19: Woman who escaped Auckland isolation named in court

The woman who absconded from managed isolation in Auckland by jumping two fences has been named as Suzanne Marie Derrett.

The 43-year-old arrived in New Zealand from Brisbane on June 27 and had been staying at the Pullman Hotel in the CBD.

On July 4 Derrett escaped from the facility around 6:20pm and was later apprehended at 8pm on nearby Anzac Avenue by police. 

Five police officers helped get her into custody, but only two had immediate contact with her. Although Derrett tested negative for the virus, all five officers went into self-isolation as a precaution.

She was medically assessed and was deemed fit to return to isolation.

On Monday Derrett appeared in the Auckland District Court after completing her stay in managed isolation.

She is facing a charge under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act and could face a six-month jail term or a $4000 fine.

Derrett was remanded without plea for two weeks and is staying in Dunedin on bail. Derrett will reappear in court on July 27.