Blackwell failed to name driver in dumping case, court finds

A HELENSBURGH father failed to disclose the identity of the driver responsible for allegedly dumping a trailer-load of asbestos in Wollongong councillor Greg Petty’s driveway, a court has heard.

Brett John Blackwell was found guilty in Wollongong Local Court yesterday of not naming the person behind the wheel of the ute, which was allegedly recorded on CCTV making the illegal drop at Cr Petty’s Helensburgh home on April 4.

Blackwell, who had pleaded not guilty to the traffic violation, yesterday strenuously denied any involvement in the illicit dumping.

He claimed rumours had quickly spread through the close-knit Helensburgh community that disgruntled contractors were to blame for the dumping, returning the material when Cr Petty allegedly failed to pay them for their work.

Fining the Blackwell $1200, Magistrate Les Mabbutt said the man had not provided police with the name and address of the person driving the vehicle, despite being nominated by his 92-year-old grandmother Mary Bozzo as the ‘‘custodian’’ of the ute.

Outside the court, Cr Petty said he was relieved with the outcome of the case.

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