Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Knife-wielding 61yo in border standoff at sea

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A knife-wielding 61-year-old man has been charged with breaching COVID-19 Public Health Orders after entering NSW from Victoria on a boat.

NSW Police say that at about 4pm on Tuesday, officers from Marine Area Command attempted to communicate with the sole occupant of a vessel east of Cronulla, as they had reason to believe the boat had travelled from Victoria.

The 61-year-old man onboard the vessel refused to disembark and became aggressive towards officers, producing a knife.

Specialists officers attended a short time later and boarded the vessel.

The man was tasered before being arrested and taken to Sutherland Hospital for treatment.

He was later released and taken to Sutherland Police Station, where he was charged with not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 10 September. 

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information is treated in strict confidence.

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