Two cop mas­sive fines

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

TWO peo­ple re­ceived mas­sive fines in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court to­day for var­i­ous of­fences pros­e­cuted by the City of Man­durah.

Matthew Gray was con­victed in his ab­sence of con­tra­ven­ing the pro­vi­sions of a plan­ning scheme.

The court heard Gray had been sub­ject to com­plaints by neigh­bours at his Signet Court prop­erty in Wan­nanup due to car bod­ies left in his front and back gar­dens.

There were also car tyres and parts left at the front of the prop­erty.

Gray used his prop­erty to do me­chan­i­cal re­pairs and spray paint cars. He would work on the cars any­where from six to 14 hours a day.

Neigh­bours com­plained about the noise cre­ated by the work.

On Oc­to­ber 14 last year, Gray was warned that the City would com­mence le­gal pros­e­cu­tion if the cars were not re­moved.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers en­tered the prop­erty on June 2 with po­lice and found 17 cars at the rear of the prop­erty.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Gray was avoid­ing the costs of get­ting a premises with a per­mit for this kind of work.

The max­i­mum penalty for this of­fence, as Gray had a pre­vi­ous sim­i­lar con­vic­tion, is $25,000 a day. There were 125 days where this penalty could ap­ply. Gray was or­dered to pay a fine of $20,000, was or­dered to pay $100 for each day he of­fended at a to­tal of $12,500 and or­dered to pay $1340.45 costs.

Ka­rina Wik­to­ria Fratczak pleaded guilty to fail­ing to en­sure an en­clo­sure around a pool that re­stricts a child from ac­cess.

The court heard that it was found dur­ing a coun­cil in­spec­tion that a spa on a rental prop­erty owned by Fratczak and her hus­band Kasper had pipes at­tached to a wall that could be used as a climb­ing ob­ject.

The gate was also not self-clos­ing. The Fratczaks had from Fe­bru­ary to June to make the ap­pro­pri­ate re­pairs to the fenc­ing.

Dur­ing an in­spec­tion in April the pipes were still not iso­lated. On June 15, lat­tice had been used to iso­late the pipes, but these were still able to be climbed.

Dur­ing a fi­nal coun­cil in­spec­tion on July 20, the nec­es­sary re­pairs had been made. Fratczak was fined $1000 and or­dered to pay $933.35 in costs.

The home in Wan­nanup with the car bod­ies.

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