The operators of a Melbourne nursing dwelling ravaged by a COVID-19 outbreak will have to give proof to an inquest in spite of their argument it would be a “dress rehearsal” for potential prosecution.
Kon Kontis and Vicky Kos previous 7 days confronted the Victorian Coroners Court docket and formally asked for to be excused from testifying at the inquest into the fatal outbreak at St Basil’s Household for the Aged on the grounds they may incriminate them selves.
Mr Kontis and Ms Kos had been operating St Basil’s in July 2020 when the virus led to the fatalities of 45 citizens.
Right after a 7 days of consideration, Point out Coroner John Cain issued a ruling he was content it is in the passions of justice for both Ms Kos and Mr Kontis to be required to give evidence in the inquest.
“The evidence ahead of the court is that they performed a ‘hands on’ job in the working day-to-working day administration of the facility,” he wrote in his written ruling.
“In distinct, they played significant roles in preparing for a probable outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility and responding to such an outbreak when it commenced on 9 July 2020.
“They are hence clearly in a posture to give direct proof about virtually all of the matters determined in the scope of this inquiry as was recognised by their counsel at the commencement of his oral submissions.”