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Arrest – COVID border-related charges – Darwin

Police

Northern Territory police have arrested a 37-year-old woman as part of an investigation by the Special References Unit (SRU).

Police will allege that the woman unlawfully released confidential information to a 43-year-old male to assist the man avoid being apprehended.

Further information provided by the woman assisted the man in breaching Northern Territory COVID border control measures. The man was arrested on 27 August 2021 for related offending.

Police will also allege that the 37-year-old woman provided advice to at least one intended traveller from a declared hotspot.

Assistant Commissioner Crime, Intelligence and Capability Michael White said the advice included how they could create false records to negate the need to quarantine.

Police will allege the woman offered to process the traveller to ensure clear passage through the Border Arrival Checkpoint at Darwin International Airport.

“The behaviour of this person is appalling. For someone in a position who is responsible for ensuring the safety of all Territorians to act in this manner is beyond self-interest and the charges which are likely to be laid will reflect the serious nature of this conduct.”

The woman is expected to be charged later this afternoon with:

  • Disclosure of Confidential Information, contrary to S76, NT Criminal Code
  • Recklessly Endangering Life, contrary to S174C, NT Criminal Code Act
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