A woman has pleaded not guilty to breaching a COVID-19 health direction. Photo: File
A woman has pleaded not guilty to breaching a COVID-19 health direction. Photo: File

‘Not guilty’: Woman denies breaking lockdown rules in Bowen

A FOREIGNER based in Bowen has denied breaching a COVID health order after being accused of disobeying social distancing rules.

Police allege Nicole Patricia Fleming, from Ireland, attended a gathering on May 2 and was not social distancing.

The 24-year-old woman pleaded not guilty at Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one count of failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health direction.

Ms Fleming told the court she was in contact with Legal Aid and an email had been sent to the officers on her behalf.

 

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Acting Magistrate Ron Muirhead explained to Ms Fleming that she would receive a brief of evidence from police and the case would be adjourned to September 29.

If Ms Fleming continued to plead not guilty, a date would then be set for a hearing.

The case was adjourned and Ms Fleming's bail was continued.

A second woman, Nicole Loren Pozer, also appeared at Bowen Magistrates Court this week charged with failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health direction.

Ms Pozer, from Canada, did not enter a plea but duty lawyer Peta Vernon said she would be making a submission to the prosecutors.

The 23 year old had her case adjourned to August 25.

These most recent court appearances come after a woman pleaded guilty in writing to Bowen Magistrates Court last week for breaching a COVID-19 health direction.


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