Trio to pay $40k for dam­age

Heart Ho­tel van­dals pay hefty price

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone Dane.Lilling­stone@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THREE back­pack­ers have been sen­tenced fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent that caused an es­ti­mated $50,000 in dam­age to the un­der-con­struc­tion Heart Ho­tel.

An­gus Mack­in­tosh, 23, from Scot­land, Dylan Mackie, 23, from Scot­land, and Alexan­der Mau­rer, 24, from Ger­many, were sen­tenced in Bowen Mag­is­trates Court last Tues­day for wil­ful dam­age.

They were or­dered to pay $13,335 each in resti­tu­tion along with two days in prison al­ready served and had con­vic­tions recorded.

The trio en­tered the con­struc­tion site of the Heart Ho­tel on the night of July 30 and went on a ram­page that saw dam­age through­out much of the sec­ond floor and shocked the site’s builder.

Bruce Seamer, of Seamer Con­struc­tions, said he re­ceived the news via a phone call at 5am on July 31.

“Walk­ing through the sec­ond floor it was com­pletely smoth­ered with paint on the walls, floor, tiling mem­brane, ev­ery­thing you could think of,” he said.

“We dis­cov­ered on the Mon­day they tried to turn on the main booster valves but they hadn’t been con­nected yet. Had the water came on, we’d prob­a­bly be re­plac­ing quite a lot more. It cost us three to four weeks in time frame. My guys were ro­peable. We’re push­ing a dead­line. It’s stuff you’d ex­pect from a 10-year-old.”

Orig­i­nally slated to open on Septem­ber 1, the dam­age de­layed the open­ing with own­ers hope­ful it will now open mid-Oc­to­ber.

Heart Ho­tel owner Des Davey said he was pleased with the out­come.

“For once jus­tice pre­vailed. They get away with van­dal­ism so eas­ily these days,” he said.

“I’m pleased to see the ju­di­ciary han­dled this very well and han­dled it se­ri­ously. An ap­pro­pri­ate out­come was achieved.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

SHOCK­ING SCENE: The scene at the Heart Ho­tel site fol­low­ing the van­dals’ ram­page.

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