A Victorian magistrate has lashed a “Karen” anti-masker who says laws are not applicable to her, saying the deadly coronavirus doesn’t matter whether she’s a “sovereign citizen” or not.
Mandy Crerar, from Frankston, reportedly coughed and screamed at the café workers after refusing to serve her on August 11 for not wearing a mask.
The 58-year-old is also charged with resisting police officers called to the cafe and has been charged with affray and refusing to comply with orders from the chief health officer.
“We’re in the grips of a pandemic which is killing people every day. It’s real,” Frankston magistrate Tim Gattuso told the woman.
“It doesn’t distinguish between those who claim to be sovereign citizens and those who don’t.”
But the prosecutors concerned Ms. Crerar, who was wearing a face mask and a blue robe, was doing exactly that to get bail. She ‘d made notes during the first part of the hearing.
“She has refused to wear a mask up until today,” prosecutor Glenn Horman said.
Police allege she was “hysterical and irrational”.
Under stringent conditions, she was released on parole, including wearing a mask or shield when she left her house, keeping to a curfew, paying a $5000 security fee and completing an inpatient assessment.
She is scheduled to be released Friday.