UPDATE @ 10.00am | The skipper of the controversial yacht that sailed into the Gold Coast from Victoria last month has admitted to lying to Queensland Health officials.
Greg Numa pleaded guilty to making false and misleading statements in Southport Court on Friday.
He was fined $4500 but no conviction was recorded.
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The Lady Pamela and it’s ‘crew’ had permission to sail from Melbourne to the Gold Coast from Queensland authorities, providing they spent two weeks at sea before the vessel went in for maintenance.
But CCTV footage collected by police showed Numa and his passengers had disembarked the vessel on numerous occasions in NSW, a COVID-19 declared hotspot.
When Queensland authorities realised, those on board, including a wealth construction boss and his family, were all forced into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.
They were all released earlier this week and are allowed to stay in Queensland.
EARLIER @ 6.30am | The skipper of the controversial super yacht Lady Pamela will have his day in court today.
The vessel made headlines after those on board allegedly lied about stopping in New South Wales several times on their journey to the Gold Coast from Victoria.
They’d been granted an exemption by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer to come into the state so the boat could undergo maintenance, but were only supposed to have critical crew on board.
Victorian millionaire and construction magnate Mark Simonds and his family were found on board, along with evidence that they’d stopped multiple times in New South Wales on their journey north.
That’s despite one of the conditions of the exemption stipulating that they stay at sea for two weeks.
The vessel’s exemption was revoked shortly after they arrived on the Gold Coast, with everyone then taken into mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks.
Everyone on board was issued with a fine for providing false information on their border declarations, while the skipper of the boat was even charged.
He’ll front Southport Court today.
The rest of the family have since been discharged from hotel quarantine, and are not being made to go back to Victoria.
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