16/03/2015 - 15:07

Caratti appeal dismissed

16/03/2015 - 15:07

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One of Western Australia's biggest private property landholders, Allen Caratti, has lost a Western Australian Supreme Court appeal to his 2013 conviction for obstructing an environmental inspector.

One of Western Australia's biggest private property landholders, Allen Caratti, has lost a Western Australian Supreme Court appeal to his 2013 conviction for obstructing an environmental inspector.

Mr Caratti was fined $7,500 in the Magistrates Court of WA after a tussle with an environmental inspector over a can of fuel near the site of an unauthorised fire on property in Byford in 2010.

The inspector had been struck in the tug-of-war over the can, which Mr Caratti had then taken away with him.

Mr Caratti had sought to appeal both the conviction and the sentence. Justice Janine Pritchard refused leave to appeal on two of the three grounds sought, including on the severity of the sentence. Justice Pritchard granted leave to appeal the conviction on one the grounds, that there had been a mixed error of law and fact, but dismissed it

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