Pair found guilty of breaching maritime law following Vale of Glamorgan Council prosecution
Two people who let boats deteriorate in Barry Harbour were found guilty of 12 charges relating to breaches of maritime law at Cardiff Magistrates Court on Monday October 18.
Barrie Jon Dawe and Shane Statham sailed boats called the Morning Dawn and Alisa into the harbour without permission from the Council and left them there where they fell into a state of disrepair.
The Council had no response to communications asking them to remove the boats so it became necessary to pursue court proceedings and organise their removal.
In the hearing, Mr Dawe was ordered to pay £600 in fines, £50 for each offence, and £620 in legal costs.
Mr Statham has to pay the same amount towards legal costs but was conditionally discharged regarding the offences as he was not deemed to be the main protagonist.
The Council is considering whether to pursue other avenues to recover remaining costs.
Cllr Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said: “I am aware of the strength of feeling within the local community regarding these boats and I’m pleased that we have been able to take decisive action in this case.
“These vessels were left to decline in Barry Harbour where they became eyesores and posed an environmental and safety risk. The Council had to use public funds to have them removed after the owners refused to deal with the matter.
“I hope this sends out a message that the Council will not tolerate such behaviour. We will do our utmost to ensure those responsible are held accountable for their actions and to recoup any associated costs.”