Victorian man charged over alleged breach of Public Health Order

Police have charged a Victorian man with breaching a Public Health Order after he flew from Melbourne to Sydney allegedly without a permit to enter NSW.

Just before 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 29 July 2020), officers who were deployed at Sydney Airport for Operation Coronavirus, were requested to assist NSW Health who were talking with a man who had just arrived on a flight from Melbourne.

Police were told the 21-year-old man from Roxbough Park, Victoria, was unable to produce a NSW Health exemption.

The man was assisted to charge his phone before it was established that he did not have a permit but would apply for one so he could care for his children.

It’s alleged that the man made a number of applications for a permit and had provided false information.

After establishing that the man did not have children, nor a valid reason to be in NSW, police directed him to return to Victoria. He was offered options for travel and further assistance from NSW Health.

The man allegedly refused to make travel plans and failed to comply with police directions and was arrested about 3.30pm before being taken to Mascot Police Station.

During a subsequent search of the man and his bags, officers located a bottle of alprazolam, which was not prescribed to him.

He was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and possess prescribed restricted substance.

The man was granted conditional bail but is required to quarantine in a Health-managed hotel until he appears at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 17 August 2020.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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