Six people charged, 17 fined over COVID-19 breaches in NSW

| 10.08,20. 06:48 PM |

Six people charged, 17 fined over COVID-19 breaches in NSW

Commuters leaving Central station wearing masks in Sydney (Louise Kennerley/SMH)

A 31-year-old man who allegedly fled a Sydney hotel room and a 28-year-old woman who 'hid in the boot of a car' to allegedly evade border force officers are among six people charged over coronavirus breaches in NSW.

NSW Police says it has taken legal action against 17 people and one business for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders across the weekend.

Of this figure, six people were charged and 11 were issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices and a Sydney CBD business was fined $5000.

Officers from South Sydney Police Area Command were called about 6pm on Friday after a 31-year-old Thurgoona man allegedly escaped from his room in a hotel on Jackson Drive, Mascot.

Police tracked him to Central Railway Station where he had allegedly caught a train almost three hours north and was arrested at Newcastle Railway Station.

He has been charged with not comply with COVID-19 directions. He was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court on Wednesday.
$64,000 cash and 'prohibited drugs'

Meanwhile, about 2.30pm on Saturday, officers stopped a vehicle on Wood Street, Gol Gol, and spoke with the 26-year-old female driver and two passengers – a 28-year-old woman and 35-year-old man.

Following a search of the car, police seized more than $64,000 cash and 62g of a crystallised substance believed to be prohibited drugs.

All three occupants were arrested and taken to Dareton Police Station. The 26-year-old was charged with two counts of deal with property proceeds of crime.

The 35-year-old was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime and not comply with noticed direction. Police will allege in court she also hid in the boot of the vehicle to avoid detection by NSW Police Force and Australia Defence Force officers earlier that day.

Both women were granted conditional bail to appear at Wentworth Local Court on Tuesday, October 6.

The man was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime. He appeared Broken Hill Local Court today.

Surprise party
A 30-year-old man was slapped with a $1000 fine after a planned surprise party allegedly had too many guests.

Just before 7pm on Saturday, officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command attended a North Bondi apartment in response to noise complaints.

The man subsequently told police he had planned a surprise party for a friend and too many guests turned up – a total of 30. He was issued a $1000 PIN and the party ended.

False declaration
A 32-year-old woman was also fined $1000 on Saturday night after allegedly making a false travel declaration at a check-in point.

Police from Operation Border Closure visited a hotel at Albury and spoke with the woman from Melbourne and her partner, who is a NSW resident.

It was established the woman had entered NSW on a carer's permit but neither she nor he had children with them at the hotel. Further, the woman had been in the Greater Melbourne area in recent days and was not self-isolating as per permit requirements. She was directed to return to Victoria.


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