The concrete barriers at Leyburn used for the annual Sprints motor sport.
The concrete barriers at Leyburn used for the annual Sprints motor sport. Contributed

Row over barriers in court

THE controversy over concrete barriers at Leyburn used for the annual Sprints motor sport event reached as far as the Warwick Magistrates Court this week.

Leyburn resident Robert Francis Smith - a long-time critic of the barriers - pleaded guilty to one charge of using a mobile phone to harass a member of the Sprints committee.

The court heard Smith, 62, whose residence overlooks the barriers, had called the mobile number of the unidentified committee member on the afternoon of June 4.

Encountering the voicemail service, Smith left a message in which he demanded the barriers be removed from the town as a priority and calling the Sprints event organisers "scum".

The court was told police tracked the call to Smith after a complaint was made to them.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan conceded to Magistrate Graham Lee that the offending was at the "lower end of the scale" under the federal laws covering wrongful use of telecommunications services.

Smith, who has no prior court history, was placed on a $300 good behaviour bond for 12 months, payable if he re-offends, and appeared in court to be remorseful for his actions.



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