The Qantas flight attendant and Sydney’s tradition, which sparked new fears that coronavirus had spread in Queensland, have been revealed, where the woman is also said to be a former partner of one of the state’s most notorious criminals.
Malynda Gray, 36, who also runs Mel Waterhouse, has been identified as the woman who moved around southeast Queensland for a week after experiencing Covid symptoms, The Courier-Mail reported.
Mrs Gray felt ill on 13 July, but then visited several places in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, including the Dreamworld theme park in Coomera. She returned a positive Covid test on July 22nd.
She also traveled across the border between Queensland and NSW to Ballina on July 14 to gather a 26-year-old man now identified as George Thompson, 26, a Sydney trader.
It is believed that she got the Indian delta variant of the virus from Mr. Thompson.
He had been tested for Covid after being in close contact with a Sydney case, but instead of isolating himself for 14 days at home in Sydney while waiting for the result, he flew to Ballina, where he was picked up by Mrs. Gray and drove first to Gold Coast and then on to Brisbane.
Malynda Gray, also known as Mel Waterhouse, 36, the Qantas flight attendant who helped NSW man George Thompson cross Queensland, pictured with police assassin Ricky Maddison
Thompson was tested on July 12 and received a false negative result from the test. NSW Health discovered that his result was positive on 20 July.
When Thompson was contacted, he said he had been self-isolating since July 10, but Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health later said ‘we know this is not true’.
Both have been fined for violating Covid border restrictions.
Sir. Thompson was fined $ 4,000 for failing to comply with a boundary law, $ 4,000 for providing false information and $ 1,300 for failing to comply with an emergency officer’s instruction.
Police said Mr Thompson had visited three shops at Chermside in the northern suburbs of Brisbane on July 15 and used false information for check-in.
George Thompson, 26, the Sydney tradition who was destined to be isolated in Sydney after being in close contact in a Covid case but instead traveled to Ballina to meet with Mrs Gray on 14 July
He was then placed in hotel quarantine in Brisbane, where police said he opened the door to his room and verbally abused staff while not wearing a mask.
Sir. Thompson allegedly claimed to open his door without wearing a face mask after being told he has the Indian Delta strain of the virus. He is now on hospital quarantine.
Ms Gray, meanwhile, was fined $ 4,000 for traveling to Ballina to collect Mr Thompson.
Police said she had not been fully cooperating with contact trackers in detail about her movements. According to ABC News, she had also refused to give police Thompson’s name.
On Thursday night, Queensland Health added another location to the list of venues, Black Swan Coffee at Q Super Center, Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast, between 1.40pm and 2pm on Friday 23rd July.
ABC News reported that police had used CCTV footage from a hotel in Caboolture, which the couple visited on July 18 as they tried to identify Mr Thompson.
Neither Mrs Gray nor Mr Thompson have been charged and police have not confirmed the nature of their relationship.
In 2017, Ms. Gray appeared in news reports when she claimed to have dated Ricky Maddison, who was responsible for the death of Queensland police officer Brett Forte following a shoot-out in May 2017.
Ms Gray picked up Mr Thompson from Ballina on July 14 and drove him into Queensland, violating Covid border restrictions and drawing a $ 4,000 fine
Maddison fired two full magazines at police cars during a pursuit from Toowoomba to Lockyer Valley, killing Officer Forte. He was later shot by police after a 20-hour siege.
Gray was described by the media at the time of his death as a former girlfriend of Maddison.
‘We were together for a while, and at the time, he was the most caring person I knew,’ she said.
‘I do not believe the accusations against him from my loving experiences with him. He used to make me laugh all the time. He was a wonderful, caring person. ‘
It was previously feared that Gray had spread the Indian Delta tribe across Queensland after she occupied six Qantas Link flights to regional centers including Gladstone, Longreach and Hervey Bay on 11-12. July.
Fears were subdued when it became clear that Gray had likely contracted with Covid from Thompson after she had worked on the flights.
Queensland on Wednesday announced 19 new cases of overseas acquired Covid cases aboard a bulk carrier MV Sanyo.
Another man, an Australian resident who lives in Western Australia but had traveled to Brisbane, tested positive on 26 July. It is believed he had been contagious in the community since July 22nd.
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July 11-12: Qantas flight attendant Matylda Gray flies six flights back and forth from Brisbane to Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay
July 12: Sydney trader George Thompson received negative result on his Covid test from a private pathology clinic previously identified as a close contact with another case and ordered to isolate himself for 14 days
July 13: MS Gray experienced Covid symptoms
July 14: Mrs Gray drove to Ballina in northern NSW to pick up Sydney’s merchant George Thompson from the airport. They drove back to Tugun on the Gold Coast and then to Brisbane the same day
July 15-17: Numerous sites across Brisbane and the Gold Coast were reportedly visited by the couple either alone or together, including three barbers and a sex shop in Chermside in the northern suburbs of Brisbane
July 18: The couple visited the Sundowner Hotel in Caboolture near Brisbane, where police later used CCTV to help identify Thompson
July 20: NSW Health was made aware that Thompson’s Covid test result was in fact positive
July 22: Mrs. Gray returned a positive Covid test. He was placed in hospital quarantine in Brisbane
July 26: Sir. Thompson was fined $ 4,000 for failing to comply with a boundary law, $ 4,000 for providing false information and $ 1,300 for failing to comply with an emergency officer’s instruction. Ms Gray was fined $ 4,000 for failing to comply with a boundary law