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A 28-year-old Australian woman was sentenced to prison for six months after breaking Australian COVID quarantine rules.

Asher Faye Vander Sanden pleaded guilty to breaking Western Australia’s COVID laws by illegally sneaking into the state in a truck from Victoria.

She appeared in a Magistrates Court in Perth after local police realised that the flight she was given permission to take home to Perth before going into quarantine for 14 days, had landed but she was not on the passenger list.

Instead, Vander Sanden travelled the roughly 3,200 kilometres in a truck. This meant that she crossed state borders illegally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vander Sanden was arrested at her partner’s home in Scarborough, Perth.

The Standard reports that Vander Sanden appeared in court on Tuesday remotely from Bandyup Women’s Prison where she received the sentence of six months and one day in prison. She is eligible for parole.

Australia, a country that is often referred to as a nanny state for their strict rules, laws and regulations, is one of the countries with the harshest punishments for anyone who breaks its two-week quarantine rules.

According to an MSN report, offenders who break the 14-day quarantine rules can be jailed for up to 12 months and be fined up to roughly R600,000.

A second wave of COVID infections hit the country recently with the state of Victoria, home to Melbourne, which was hit the hardest.

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