Woman hit with $4000 bill over dog fence, fire breaches
AN IMBIL woman who failed to keep her dog fenced in will have to pay a fine and costs totalling nearly $4000 after she pleaded guilty to failing to keep a dog enclosed in her yard and lighting a fire in breach of regulations.
Kim Maree Robinson pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to comply with a council notice, failing to ensure an animal is not wandering, failing to maintain a proper enclosure and lighting an unlawful fire.
Magistrate Ross Woodford fined her $3000 for all offences, with $956.90 costs and ordered no conviction be recorded because of her lack of previous offences.
'Laziness and stupidity' excuse
A RAINBOW Beach apprentice chef blamed his unlicensed driving on "laziness and stupidity" when he appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.
Andrew Scott Haynes, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of repeat unlicensed driving on July 31.
The court was told Haynes had driven from home to work, even though it was only a 300m distance.
He readily admitted committing the offence when questioned by police and said he had seen a police officer noticing him driving.
"Laziness and stupidity," Haynes told the court in his explanation for the offence.
Magistrate Ross Woodford said he took a January unlicensed driving conviction into account in fining Haynes $450 and disqualified him from driving or obtaining a drivers licence for three months.
"Don't drive during the court disqualification or you'll end up in jail," Mr Woodford said.