Third fine for breach at border
POLICE are reminding the public that any breach of the border for non-essential travel will be met with stiff penalties after a mum and daughter were hit with fines totalling $12,369.
“The NSW border is really our frontline in the battle against Covid,” Darling Downs City Patrol Group Inspector Paul James said.
“Our broader business and welfare future rests on our border security and actions of individuals.
“This is why there are considerable penalties for people doing the wrong thing and putting others at risk,” Inspector James said.
The daughter of a New South Wales woman caught sneaking across the border in a car boot has been slapped with a $4135 fine for her role in the incident.
Police found a 49-year-old NSW mum bundled in a car boot that was towed across the border at Goondiwindi on August 18 about 3.30pm.
The mum was hit with a $4135 for failing to comply with a public health direction and taken back into NSW.
She then arranged for her daughter to meet her in Yelarbon – a small border town 51km east of Goondiwindi – after she had walked across the border at an undisclosed location.
The pair travelled to the daughter’s Warwick home where the mother barricaded herself to avoid detection.
This failed and police attended the address on August 27 and charged the mum with failing to comply with a public health direction.
She was held in custody to appear before the Warwick Magistrates Court where she pleaded guilty, was fined $4135 and ordered into mandatory hotel quarantine.
Darling Downs City Patrol Group Inspector Paul James said police also took the daughter into custody and uncovered bank receipts and text messages that revealed her role in the offence.
It was further revealed that both the mum and daughter had attempted to cross into Queensland from NSW at Goondiwindi on August 12 but were both refused entry.
Insp Paul James said the daughter admitted to police that she had crossed the border a few hours after she was refused entry.
The daughter has been hit with a $4135 fine for failing to comply with a public health direction.