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Australia Woman accused of sneaking into WA from Victoria by hiding in a truck

10:15  14 august  2020
10:15  14 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A woman who allegedly snuck through Western Australia's hard border from coronavirus-plagued Victoria has fronted court. 

Asher Faye Vander Sanden, 28, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday after she was charged with one count of failing to comply with a direction of the Emergency Management Act.

She was arrested on Tuesday by police at her boyfriend's home in Scarborough on Tuesday, the West Australian reported. 

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Vander Sanden, who has been in jail since her arrest, appeared via video link wearing a face mask and gloves.

a close up of a woman: Asher Faye Vander Sanden (pictured), 28, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday after she was charged with one count of failing to comply with a direction of the Emergency Management Act © Provided by Daily Mail Asher Faye Vander Sanden (pictured), 28, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday after she was charged with one count of failing to comply with a direction of the Emergency Management Act

She made no application for bail and is in isolation while in Bandyup Women's Prison, WA Today reported. 

Police allege that Vander Sanden, who is from WA, travelled to the state by road between July 30 and August 11 after discovering she would have to pay for hotel quarantine.

The cost is estimated to have been $2,500. 

She had allegedly been granted an exemption to fly to WA from Melbourne on Tuesday but police launched an investigation after she didn't arrive at the airport. 

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A police spokesman said more charges could follow if it is determined she may have been assisted by an accomplice. 

a person standing in a parking lot: Police allege the Western Australian resident travelled to the state by road between July 30 and August 11 after discovering she would have to pay for quarantine in a hotel for two weeks (pictured: WA border stop in April) © Provided by Daily Mail Police allege the Western Australian resident travelled to the state by road between July 30 and August 11 after discovering she would have to pay for quarantine in a hotel for two weeks (pictured: WA border stop in April)

'The vast majority of the WA community are doing the right thing, however everyone is reminded of their obligations to comply with any given direction when entering the state,' the spokesperson said. 

Vander Sanden is believed to have tested negative to coronavirus. 

If found guilty she could spend a year in prison or be fined up to $50,000.

The case will return to court on August 25.  



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