Police on the Gold Coast have swooped on infamous bikie Shane Bowden and charged him over alleged COVID-19 breaches.
He will now face court on charges of giving false and misleading documents under the Public Health Act after flying into Queensland late last month. He faces fines of up to $13,345.
When he arrived in the Sunshine State from Victoria, police vowed to conduct a “complete and thorough” investigation, alleging he lied on his border declaration pass.
There was confusion and fears Bowden’s fellow passengers had been infected after Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles told reporters Bowden, 48, knew he had tested positive to coronavirus but decided to board the Jetstar flight JQ560 out of Melbourne anyway.
“He was intercepted at the airport as someone coming from a hotspot and put into quarantine,” Mr Miles said. “Victorian authorities, subsequent to that, advised that he was positive.
“The only concern with regards to contact tracing therefore relates to people who are on that flight,” he said.
However, Queensland Health later admitted it had issued no warning alert to passengers because Bowden didn’t have the virus.
“A public health alert has not been issued for the flight the reported Victorian resident was on as new advice provided to Queensland Health is that he was not infectious while on the flight,” Queensland Health said last night.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services also said last night it had “received no report of an individual travelling to Queensland while infectious”.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski also alleged Bowden provided “untrue information” on his border declaration pass in order to enter Queensland.
“Our initial investigations have indicated to us that this person is COVID-positive and was COVID-positive while in Victoria,” Mr Gollschewski said.
“A criminal investigation is now under way for more serious offences.”
Bowden was once part of the Finks “terror team” and responsible for shooting Christopher Hudson during the Gold Coast’s ballroom blitz brawl, for which he served almost seven years in jail.
Bowden recently told The Courier-Mail he had come to Queensland – his home state – to recover from a badly infected gunshot wound to his leg.
He is scheduled to appear in court on October 1.
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