FARMER Allan “Swampy” Marsh, who recently claimed roaming dogs killed 950 of his chickens in Mortlake, has been fined in court — for having a dog at large.
Marsh was among 59 people whose matters were taken to Warrnambool Magistrates Court by Warrnambool, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Corangamite councils this week.
The issues related to local law breaches where fines had remained unpaid for a length of time.
By moving the cases into the court stream, the penalties can increase, with costs added to the already existing fines. Further non-payment can then lead to harsher penalties.
The 59 accused were fined a total of $16,898 but their failure to pay means they have incurred a further $8208.10 in costs between them.
Marsh, of Atkins Lane, Dennington, was charged with having a “dog at large or not securely confined to owner’s premises during the daytime” and failure to apply to register a dog or cat.
He was fined $500 plus $178.70 in costs. The most costly day in was for property owner Lee Jervis, who was charged by Warrnambool City Council with failing to prevent livestock from straying onto a road. As these were subsequent offences and there were three charges, Jervis faces a fine of $3600, plus $201.30 costs.
Eight of the accused faced charges stemming from local laws breaches, which ranged from possessing an open container of alcohol in a prohibited place to conducting an open-air burn in a municipal place.
The majority of offending related to traffic and parking offences, such as failing to pay parking fines or illegally parking in a space reserved for people with disabilities.
One driver — Brooke Racene Williams, of Hopetoun Road, Warrnambool — faced five charges of failing to pay parking fines, resulting in an aggregate penalty of $300, plus a further $247 in costs.
Twenty-nine of the accused faced charges stemming from the domestic animals act.