The Logan women whose illegal trip to Melbourne brought COVID-19 back into Queensland have appeared in court for the first time.
Dianna Lasu, Olivia Winnie Muranga and Haja Timbo all appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday charged with providing false and misleading border documents and fraud.
Their matter was adjourned until next month.
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The trio is accused of flying down to Melbourne in July to go on a shopping trip and attend an illegal party which was busted by police.
At the time, Victoria was declared a COVID-19 hot spot and anyone who had been in the state in the last 14 days had to go into hotel quarantine.
When the group arrived back in Queensland in July 12, they told authorities they had been in Sydney.
The group continued their normal lives for the next eight days – going back to work, dining out at restaurants and visiting a church – before two of the women tested positive to COVID-19, sparking a major panic across the south east.
Health officials believe the pair may be linked to the recent outbreaks in the state’s prison system but genetic sequencing hasn’t been definitive.
They all face fines of $13,345 each and up to five years’ jail.
Three Logan men who are also accused of misleading police about visiting Melbourne have also had their day in court.
Tithing Keresoma Faagase, 29, Samuel Tumua Fenunuti, 25, and Earnest Tumanu Lotomau, 23, were charged last month after being nabbed at a Gold Coast border checkpoint.
The trio faced Coolangatta Magistrates Court on Monday charged with failing to comply with a COVID-19 Queensland border direction.
The case was adjourned until October 19.