Mandurah: man convicted of catching undersized crabs won’t face fines after being deported

Blue swimmer crab.
Blue swimmer crab.

A MAN who was convicted of catching 28 undersized blue manna crabs will not pay $1900 in fines anytime soon because of his deportation from Australia.

Yumeng Wang, who was convicted in his absence, was fined in Mandurah Magistrates Court today for possessing totally protected blue manna crabs and failing to a supply Fisheries officer with his personal details.

Senior Fisheries and Marine officer Warren Brown said Wang was residing at an Immigration Detention centre when charged.

In February, Wang was charged and had plans to set up a translator for his court case but he was deported from Australia soon after the charges were made.

The Magistrate told the court even if Wang was convicted, his sentence would be held until he returned.

Mr Brown said Wang was found by a Fisheries officer crabbing in Erskine at Lee Howard Reserve at 3.45pm on December 31.

Wang walked back to his car at 4.20pm the same day with 30 blue manna crabs in a bucket – 28 of which were undersized and smaller than 127mm.

The Fisheries officer suspected Wang had undersized crabs and asked for his full name, birth date and residency but received false details.

The Magistrate imposed a $1400 penalty and further $500 fine.

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