Two chip mill protesters who trespassed onto the South East Fibre Exports (SEFE) site and locked on to conveyor number 5 on December 16, 2013, have each been convicted and fined on two charges in Bega District Court on Tuesday.
23-year-old Haley McClure from South Australia and 34-year-old Jamie Jobson from Western Australia entered guilty pleas to two charges; 1. Hide property to unlawfully influence person, and 2. Entering closed lands.
Each received a $500 fine and a criminal conviction for the first charge.
On the second charge they were both fined $450.
Speaking from outside Bega District Court, SEFE general manager Peter Mitchell was somewhat disappointed with the outcome.
“I feel half-satisfied; at least we got a conviction,” Mr Mitchell said.
“They got off relatively lightly.
“I still don’t think it (the fines) are enough of a disincentive.
“These people almost flippantly disrupt the industry. They should be dealt with more severely.
“There were some safety issues as a result of their actions.
“This will continue to happen until they realise they can be jailed for up to two years."
A further matter, argument regarding $10,000 in compensation payable to SEFE, has been adjourned until May 6.