Removalist twins who travelled to regional New South Wales despite testing positive to Covid to face sentence

Three removalists who travelled to central western NSW from Sydney after a positive COVID-19 test are due to be sentenced.

Twins Roni and Ramsin Shawka, 28, and Maryo Shanki, 21, pleaded guilty in Orange Local Court in September to not complying with a COVID-19 notice direction.

The trio travelled in July from West Hoxton in southwest Sydney to Molong in central west NSW, stopping in Figtree, South Bowenfels and Orange.

This was allegedly done after at least one of the workers discovered he was COVID-positive en route.

At the time Greater Sydney was under strict lockdown and public health orders stipulated all positive cases must isolate immediately.

Days after police escorted the men back to Greater Sydney, the Shawka brothers’ mother in her 50s died from contracting COVID-19.

The twins were forced to sit in a ute outside her Green Valley property while police conducted investigations inside the house.

At the time NSW Police Minister David Elliott said the removalists had put regional communities at greater risk of the pandemic.

“We know that the delta variant is highly transmissible, and it is unfathomable to think that, with all the public information and health warnings, people could so blatantly ignore the health orders,” he said in July.

All three men are due to be sentenced together by magistrate David Day in Orange Local Court on Wednesday.