Jail vandals: Candidate
The One Nation Pilbara candidate has announced his latest policy calling for mandatory sentencing for vandals in South Hedland.
David Archibald last week called for mandatory convictions for each act of vandalism by repeat offenders, taking discretion away from magistrates.
Mr Archibald said he believed vandals are going out of their way to cause maximum destruction of South Hedland homes, stating property values are dropping as a direct result of vandalism.
“In South Hedland, homes that would be valued at about $200,000 are now exchanging hands at below $140,000,” he said.
“There is a danger that, at some stage, it will not be worthwhile to repair vandalised homes and parts of South Hedland will become a wasteland of abandoned houses.”
Mr Archibald stated vandals who have been apprehended after their acts of vandalism are not currently serving any time in jail.
“However, until the legal system contributes to making the lives of South Hedland residents better, the legal system is part of the problem.” Hedland First National Real Estate principal Morag Lowe said she did not believe the drop in property values were a direct result of vandalism.
“It has nothing to do with vandalism. It’s a reflection on what we’ve been though over an eightyear period,” she said.