Sumary of Quarantine dodger on verge of tears:
- A woman who hid in a truck to cross a state border and dodged hotel quarantine has testified that her partner was involved in the scheme and ‘begged’ her to take the fall.
- A woman who snuck into Western Australia in a truck then failed to quarantine has become emotional while testifying about the alleged involvement of her partner at the time, claiming he “begged” her to take the fall.
- Shaun Pilmer is on trial in Perth Magistrates Court charged with failing to comply with a direction.
- His former partner Asher Vander Sanden, 29, had travelled to Victoria last year to visit her struggling sister for one month and was granted an exemption to fly back to WA, but was told she must undergo hotel quarantine.
- Instead, she requested a lift from a truck driver in Mildura on July 31 and hid as they passed through the border.
- Ms Vander Sanden, who accepted responsibility for her crime, was previously sentenced and it is alleged Mr Pilmer knew about her quarantine requirements when he picked her up at a petrol station.
- Ms Vander Sanden said Mr Pilmer arranged for truck driver Phillip Andrew Lapworth to pick her up in Mildura.
- But in that time Ms Vander Sanden’s second G2G Pass application was granted, so she planned to catch a flight home instead.