A duo from South Australia has been fined after breaching WA’s border arrangements earlier this year. Jordan McAlinden, 32, and Lucia Soledad Saparret, 37, were sentenced in their absence at Katanning Magistrates Court on April 10 for failing to comply with the State’s entry requirements. Police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Yuswack told the court McAlinden and Saparret approached the Eucla border checkpoint just after 1pm on March 3, less than 70 minutes after the WA’s hard border arrangements came down. An officer at the Eucla checkpoint ascertained that the pair did not have a G2G Pass, which at the time was still necessary to enter WA. Sgt. Yuswack said the officer informed McAlinden and Saparret they would need to return to South Australia and wait for a G2G Pass to be approved. The duo did turn around, only to continue their drive across WA. On March 22, they were stopped on Albany Highway in Kojonup and subsequently arrested. After his arrest, McAlinden told officers that “the Emergency Act is not based on the (Australian) Constitution”. Sgt. Yuswack said the pair could not provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which at the time was a requirement for interstate travellers wishing to come into WA. It is unclear what happened to the pair after their arrest, with Magistrate Dianne Scaddan stating there was nothing to indicate that they were considered to be high risk. She noted the pair appeared to be “sovereign citizens”, and said their behaviour was “no way to act” given the circumstances. “The legislation and risk management requires the Act to be complied with,” Ms Scaddan said. McAlinden and Saparret were each fined $3000 and ordered to pay $259.30 in costs.