A Queensland man who managed to sneak across the border on the Gold Coast despite being refused entry three times, has avoided jail time.
James Nech, 28, was arrested at his home in Brisbane last night after admitting to walking across the border at Coolangatta last week.
Nech travelled to Tweed Heads on August 20 and attempted to return to Queensland with a border pass.
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But the pass is not valid for people living outside of border bubbles.
A court heard Nech was denied entry at the Currumbin Creek Rd checkpoint before trying his luck at Griffith St where he was again turned away.
He made another failed attempt at the Gold Coast Airport checkpoint before being fined $4003 and told his only option to return to Queensland was by air.
Police attended his Indooroopilly home last night where he told officers he ended up coming across the border on foot.
Nech front court today with his lawyer saying he panicked and was just trying to get home to his partner and young children.
Magistrate Andrew Moloney described Nech’s behaviour as “arrogant and dangerous” but spared him a jail sentence.
Instead , the 28-year-old was given 200 hours of community service.
He will also have to serve 14 days in hotel quarantine.