The brother of one of the three Queensland women who recently tested positive for coronavirus sparking a massive increase in state testing has claimed race-motivated attention to the trio.
Diana Lasu, 21, and Olivia Muranga, 19, are each facing one count of presenting false or misleading information, as well as the more serious charge of fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years prison.
They’ve both also been charged following a trip to Melbourne with $4000 penalties.
Another 21-year-old, who has been travelling with the other two through police reports, is facing the same charges.
Police suspected that the group had all moved to Victoria and intentionally provided false information on the border with Queensland.
“You need to think about this … think about my sister … she couldn’t even breathe, some days she couldn’t even breathe out of her airways,” he said.
The brother insisted his sister and the other two women hadn’t spread coronavirus deliberately.
“It’s not something that we sat down and thought about yeah, it’s a f**king mistake,” he said.
“I reckon if someone else did this yeah, that wasn’t of colour, you’d be f**king protecting them. You wouldn’t be doing all of this s**t.
“Just because we’re f**king black, you all want to run all the way to the media, talking all of this s**t bro.”
Three women have been accused of lying on their QLD border declarations. Two of them have tested positive to Covid-19.
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All three women are currently in quarantine under police guard and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 28.