Police conclude investigation into illegal Caulfield North engagement party, issue $5452 fines to 56 people


Acting Senior Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman confirmed on Tuesday morning the police investigation into the engagement party at Caulfield North almost two weeks ago had finished with 56 attendees fined $5452 each.

She said the remainder of the 69 guests at the party were children and would not be fined.

“Victoria Police is satisfied all guests have been accounted for and the investigation has now concluded,” she said.

The groom-to-be joked about the party being legal.

The groom-to-be joked about the party being legal.Source:Supplied

The engagement party was held in breach of the rules of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown where people are not allowed to gather in private homes.

The groom-to-be and guests at the party caused a public uproar after a video of the event was posted online and showed them mocking the lockdown restrictions.

“Clearly this is legal, this is a group-therapy session, that’s why my father is here,” he joked as the room full of maskless revellers soaked up the speech.

The party was held in breach of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown.

The party was held in breach of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown.Source:Supplied

One guest quipped, “he’s a mental health clinician”, while another said “the doctor’s here” as laughter erupted in the room.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is investigating claims two doctors allegedly attended the engagement party.

Several people at the party also later tested positive to Covid-19, meaning all guests had to undergo 14 days of quarantine.

The vision triggered an angry response from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who tightened restrictions and reimposed a curfew as a result.