Two cop massive fines
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.