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Accused Queensland border 'cheat' has one charge dropped over Melbourne trip

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One of three women accused of breaching the state’s strict border controls last year and sparking a major COVID-19 emergency in South-East Queensland has had one charge against her dropped.

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In July, police charged Diana Lasu, Olivia Winnie Muranga and Haja Timbo with providing false and misleading border documents, after the group allegedly lied about travelling to Melbourne, which was a known hotspot at the time.

All three were also charged with fraud in relation to allegedly dodging mandatory hotel quarantine requirements.

In a brief hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning, it was revealed Timbo was no longer facing a fraud charge.

The court was also told she would proceed to a sentencing hearing in March for her remaining charge.

Lasu’s case was also briefly mentioned and was adjourned until next month.

Neither woman was in court.

– ABC / Talissa Siganto

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