Motivational speaker John McMahon avoids jail, cops fine after breaching WA's COVID-19 quarantine laws

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A motivational speaker is sentenced after hosting seminars in Perth when he should have been in isolation — after lying on his application to get into WA — in 'complete defiance' of WA's quarantine laws.
A motivational speaker who once posted on social media that "COVID was nothing more than the flu" and health restrictions were "ridiculous" has avoided being sent back to jail for his "complete defiance" of WA's quarantine laws.

Key points: McMahon lied about travel to Qld and NSW before entering WA

McMahon lied about travel to Qld and NSW before entering WA His lawyer said he hadn't paid attention to the instructions to isolate

His lawyer said he hadn't paid attention to the instructions to isolate He has received a suspended sentence so will not spend any time in jail

John McMahon flew into Perth from Melbourne in June and was told he had to self quarantine for 14 days.

He also falsely stated on his application to enter the State that he had not recently travelled more than 30 kilometres from his Melbourne home.

In reality, McMahon had been in Queensland, where he hosted a motivational seminar, before driving through New South Wales to get back to his home.

McMahon granted entry after claiming he was a mental health worker

In the days immediately after his arrival in Perth, he presented motivational speeches to about 100 people in Rockingham in Perth's south, and in Fremantle where he was eventually arrested.

McMahon, who goes by the name "The Rev" and claims his work specialises in improving the mental health of youth, spent 15 days in custody before being granted bail earlier this month.

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