Driving over plumbing pipes costs man hefty fine in court

A MAN was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Courton Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to causing wilful damage to a construction site.

The damage, which totalled $11 995.20, occurred on November 28,2013, after Kaleb Roberts drove his silver Jeep Wrangler over newly laid plumbing pipes.

The defendant claimed he had driven onto the work site at Stella St, Boyne Island to view an oncoming thunderstorm, when a heavy downpour prevented the vehicle from leaving via the same entry point.

Mr Roberts then proceeded to manoeuvre the four wheel drive over pipes laid only 24 hours prior, causing extensive damage.

The defendant conceded the incident was a series of stupid decisions resulting in an expensive and regretful mistake.

A restitution fee of the total damage caused was imposed upon Mr Roberts, who claimed the fee would be covered by his insurance company.

The trade assistant was issued a $500 fine for causing wilful damage, and no conviction was recorded.

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