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No jail for woman who illegally crossed SA border

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 31/07/2020 9News Staff

A woman who illegally crossed the South Australian border has walked free from court.

Patricia Kohn, 65, snuck across the border from Victoria in the back of a truck.

Kohn arrived in Mount Gambier in South Australia on Tuesday night and went to a Service SA centre twice before a tip-off yesterday led to her arrest.

a car parked on the side of a road: A woman has been given a suspended sentence after illegally crossing the South Australian border. © 9News A woman has been given a suspended sentence after illegally crossing the South Australian border.

The mother-of-eight pleaded guilty and was handed a suspended prison term.

Today, SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said measures would be put in place to keep Kohn from potentially infecting South Australians.

She has been ordered into two weeks of isolation.

a truck that is driving down the road: The South Australia-Victoria border is subject to heavy restrictions. © 9News The South Australia-Victoria border is subject to heavy restrictions.

Mr Stevens defended the decision to not stop all trucks at the border.

"Stopping every single truck, regardless of the amount of resources we will have, will create significant delays, and create significant road safety issues for people using major arterial roads throughout the state," he said.

The driver of the truck was arrested at Regency Park in Adelaide today.


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