Twin evacuees traveling despite COVID-positive conviction after their mother died of the virus


BREAKING NEWS: Twin removers who traveled to the bush despite a positive Covid test are dealt the latest blow by a magistrate after their mother died of the virus

Three Expulsors Traveling to the Midwest NSW from Sydney after testing positive COVID-19 Convicted, fined and sentenced to a year’s community reform order.

Magistrate David Day said Wednesday in Orange Local Court that the men put the community at “extreme risk” and would have had no problem sending them to jail if their understanding of English had been better.

All three are of Assyrian background and lack proficiency in English.

Another mitigating factor was the death of the twins’ mother from COVID-19, not long after the incident occurred.

Twins Ronnie and Ramsin Shavka, 28, and Maryo Shanki, 21, pleaded guilty in September to not following a COVID-19 notice directive.

They were also fined $1100 each and collectively ordered to pay NSW Police $2000 in cleaning fees for the vehicle used in their arrest.

As per the facts, he was directed by his manager to attend a COVID-19 facility in On Time Removal, before traveling from West Hoxton to Molong on 16 July.

They left soon after their swab and stopped at South Bowenfels and Orange on the way.

Around 9.30 a.m. his manager was contacted by a NSW health official that Ronnie Cubka was unable to understand health advice after testing positive for COVID-19.

The message was conveyed and the court was told that it had “directed her or the other men not to stop the delivery but to wait for further directions”.

Two hours later Shaka was asked to self-isolate in the cabin of the truck, while others contacted soon after had also tested positive.

“Unfortunately the three men proceeded to Molong and unloaded the truck,” Mr Day said.

The area contained a number of vulnerable individuals “through health, age, or First Nations peoples”, including what the magistrate described as Dubbo and Wilkenia alike, but where the virus ran rampant.

While no one was infected, “the risk was peak,” the magistrate said, adding that the vaccination rate was low at that time.

His lawyer submitted that it was a case of “young men trying to do their best”, but the exact requirements of what they should have done were “lost in translation”.

While the court was told that the public health order required a negative result before men could move out of their local government area, this was not the charge leveled against them.

Greater Sydney was under a strict lockdown at the time and public health orders immediately isolated all positive cases.

Days after police took the men back home, the Shaka brothers’ mother, who was in her 50s, died after contracting the virus.

When police investigated inside the home, the twins were forced to sit in a yurt outside her Green Valley property.