A truck driver accused of smuggling a COVID-19 quarantine breacher into WA from Victoria has faced court wearing a mask.

Phillip Andrew Lapworth, 56, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with three counts of failing to comply with a direction.

One charge relates to failing to declare Asher Vander Sanden, 28, was concealed inside his truck when he was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in Eucla on August 4.

Another charge stems from an incident in Southern Cross on the same day.

The following day, he allegedly entered a business in Naval Base without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

Lapworth had his matter adjourned until October 5 so he could seek legal advice.

Last month, Vander Sanden copped a prison sentence of six months and one day for sneaking into WA after visiting her sister in Victoria.

She had been granted an exemption to fly into WA, but was told she must pay for a fortnight of hotel quarantine.

Vander Sanden’s boyfriend Shaun Pilmer allegedly picked her up from a Midland petrol station and took her to a Scarborough unit where she was arrested on August 11.

Pilmer has also been charged with failing to comply with a direction and is next scheduled to face court on September 22.

Vander Sanden launched an appeal against her prison term, arguing the magistrate failed to consider a suspended sentence.

She has been granted bail pending the outcome of her appeal.

While a few other quarantine breachers have also been sentenced to six months in prison, five months of their respective sentences was suspended, meaning they only served about one month behind bars.


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