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Man, 37, jailed for eight months for breaching COVID restrictions

after he twice breached COVID quarantine laws and drove with a suspended licence.” data-reactid=”12″ type=”text”>A man has been jailed for eight months in Western Australia after he twice breached COVID quarantine laws and drove with a suspended licence.

Police say the 37-year-old arrived at Perth Airport from Queensland on August 17 and was directed to self-quarantine at an address in Beechboro.

The man was not present when officers attended the property on August 23.

Upon returning he was summonsed to appear in court charged with failing to comply with a direction.

The man was not present when officers attended the property on August 23. Source: AAP

Four days later, police conducting traffic patrols in Midland stopped the man who was driving in breach of his quarantine directions.

He was arrested and taken to Perth Watch House before facing court the following day and being remanded in custody.

The man faced Midland Magistrates Court on Friday and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for driving without a valid licence and a total of two months in prison for two counts of failing to comply with a direction.

He was disqualified from driving for nine months.

A woman who pleaded guilty to sneaking into WA in a truck from Victoria was last month jailed for six months.

Asher Faye Vander Sanden, 28, is appealing the sentence in the Supreme Court and has been granted bail ahead of the verdict.

Individuals found to have breached WA’s strict quarantine laws face a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment or a $50,000 fine.

WA recorded no new cases on Sunday. Four cases remain active.

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