A lady charged with breaching COVID-19 border instructions at a South Australian checkpoint has been refused bail.
- A lady allegedly didn’t cease on the Victorian border
- She advised a courtroom she was escaping home violence
- The prosecution mentioned she had a protracted felony historical past
The 33-year-old was arrested within the early hours of this morning after allegedly failing to cease her sedan on the Yamba border checkpoint on the Sturt Freeway, within the Riverland.
Police pursued the automotive because it turned onto the Previous Sturt Freeway in direction of Berri, earlier than the girl ultimately stopped on the freeway at Monash.
She confronted the Berri Magistrates Court docket this afternoon through video hyperlink, charged with six offences, together with failing to adjust to a path, driving dangerously to flee police and driving unregistered with an expired licence.
Her lawyer advised the courtroom she was fleeing an “excessive home violence state of affairs” and needed to go away Victoria to come back again to SA, the place her household lived.
Escaping home violence is one of only a few reasons for Victorians to enter South Australia however a cross-border registration type is required.
The girl, who had been dwelling in Mildura, spoke to the Justice of the Peace straight, saying she needed to go away Victoria as a result of she wished to “change her life”.
“Due to the latest home violence, I did not really feel like I had every other choice; I used to be simply coming again to the place my household have been,” she advised the courtroom.
“I needed to change my life on the time. I stored going again to my ex’s home considering I used to be going to be secure there after which he would name the police on me.
“I needed to get out of that.”
In opposing bail, the prosecution mentioned the accused had a prolonged felony historical past, together with bail breaches, dishonesty expenses and assault with a weapon.
Justice of the Peace Cathy Deland refused Ms Buckby’s software for bail.
The matter will return to courtroom subsequent month.