Sumary of Shaun Pilmer trial: Quarantine dodger Asher Vander Sanden testifies former partner ‘begged me to take 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.
- 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.
- Camera IconAsher Vander Sanden snuck into WA in a truck to avoid mandatory hotel quarantine.
- Credit: Facebook Credit: SuppliedMs 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.
- It was only after an issue with a taxi that caused her to miss the flight that she decided to join Mr Lapworth, she said.