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Melbourne man 'flew into Sydney without permit, lied about having kids'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 30/07/2020 Lara Pearce

A Melbourne man who allegedly flew into Sydney without a permit to enter NSW then lied to authorities about having children has been charged.

The 21-year-old was stopped by NSW Health staff at Sydney Airport after disembarking a Melbourne flight just before 1pm yesterday.

When he was unable to provide a NSW Health exemption, police officers stationed at the airport were called to assist.

a group of people with luggage at an airport: Passengers disembark a Melbourne flight at Sydney domestic airport earlier this month. NSW closed its borders on July 8 as coronavirus cases in Victoria mounted. © Getty Passengers disembark a Melbourne flight at Sydney domestic airport earlier this month. NSW closed its borders on July 8 as coronavirus cases in Victoria mounted.

The Roxburgh Park man initially claimed his phone had run out of battery on the flight.

After authorities assisted him in charging his phone, it was established he didn't have a permit but would apply for one so he could care for his children.

It's alleged the man had made a number of applications for a permit and had provided false information.

Police then established he did not have any children, or a valid reason for being in NSW and directed him to return to Victoria.

He was offered options for travel and further assistance from NSW Health, according to police, but refused to make travel plans.

a group of people standing in front of a building: NSW Police were called to speak to the man after he was unable to produce a valid permit stating his reason for being in NSW. © Steven Siewert NSW Police were called to speak to the man after he was unable to produce a valid permit stating his reason for being in NSW.

Around 3.30pm, he was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station.

During a search of the man and his bags, police found a bottle of alprazolam – an anxiety drug often sold under the brand name Xanax – which was not prescribed to him.

He has now been charged with breaching a Public Health Order and possessing a prescribed restricted substance.

He has been granted conditional bail but will now be required to stay in mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney until his appearance at Downing Local Court on August 17.

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