Jail van­dals: Can­di­date

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

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