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Exterminator cleans up

Wednesday, 17th July, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

A pest exterminator who refused to obey an order by City Council to clean up his own backyard has complied, the Local Court was told yesterday.

Last month John Connelly (73) earned a rebuke from the magistrate when he told the court that he was being persecuted by Council because he had refused to pay his rates.

Mr Connelly said that Local Government had no constitutional recognition but he was brought up short by Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy who told him he was “talking complete nonsense”.

Mr Dunlevy adjourned the matter for Mr Connelly to get himself a lawyer and warned him that next time he wanted an “intelligible response”.

Yesterday Mr Connelly told Mr Dunlevy that he had not been able to find a lawyer but had rid his Lane Street house of all dog droppings, urine, bones and old dog food, as ordered by Council.

He had also, he said, surrendered six of his eight dogs.

A Council officer confirmed to the court that Mr Connelly had indeed submitted to the order.

Council is now seeking legal costs and compensation from him but Mr Connelly told the court that he’d had to finish work as a pest controller due to his age and, having applied for a pension, was worried that he would not be able to pay.

“I’m looking down the barrel of two thousand dollars-plus,” he said.

Mr Dunlevy assured him that he could pay in installments, and adjourned the matter to August 20 for argument over the costs and compo.

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