Jandabup: man caught dumping household waste fails in bid to reduce fine

The illegal dumping. Picture: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
The illegal dumping. Picture: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

A MAN who was caught dumping household waste in Jandabup failed in his bid to have his fine reduced and ended up costing himself hundreds of dollars more in court costs.

Mark-Anthony Patrick Moore appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday for a re-hearing into his dumping of a pile of junk, including a couch and washing machine, in bushland on Warbrook Road near Sydney Road on June 6 last year.

Moore was originally fined $3500 and ordered to pay $328.70 costs in December last year but he did not appear at that hearing and asked to have the decision set aside.

The matter was re-heard on March 2, with Moore pleading guilty and telling Magistrate Edward de Vries he dumped the waste because he saw other junk nearby and had nowhere else to leave it.

“The reason I dumped it there is because I was moving out of my house,” he said.

“I didn’t know what to do to get rid of it.”

Mr de Vries questioned why Moore thought it was appropriate to add to the junk that was already there.

He upheld the original fine saying it “was more than appropriate”.

“In fact, I’m a little surprised it wasn’t more than that,” he said.

Moore’s court costs increased to $828.70.

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