Millionaire furniture magnate is in jail for two years after being found guilty of dredging a river outside his country house so he could build a boat ramp
- Barry Lance Le Cornu and his son Allan pulled rocks from his waterfront home
- The pair built a concrete boat ramp that would extend to Morgan & # 39; s Beach
- His home is next to the vulnerable Encounter Marine Park Habitat Protection Zone
- Both men were found guilty and can spend two years in prison or pay high fines
A furniture baron is in jail for two years after being found guilty of dredging a river outside his country house so that he could build a concrete boat ramp.
Barry Lance Le Cornu and his son Allan removed several boulders and rocks from Morgan & # 39; s Beach in Cape Jervis, south of Adelaide.
The couple changed the land near his waterfront home between December 4 and 9 in 2017 before they started building a concrete boat ramp.
Mr. Le Cornu's site is adjacent to a portion of the fragile reef called the Encounter Marine Park Habitat Protection Zone.
The furniture magnate and his son were both charged with dredging a naturally elevated road, damaging algae that lived on rocks and depositing the dredged material on the land.
Barry Lance Le Cornu (in the photo with his partner Jorge Diamanti) and his son Allan removed several boulders and rocks from Morgan & # 39; s Beach in Cape Jarvis near his house on the water between 4 and 9 December 2017 before they started build a concrete boat ramp
His property is located next to a part of the vulnerable reef called the Encounter Marine Park Habitat Protection Zone
They were both found guilty at the Environment, Resources and Development Court.
DEW did investigate the protection zone when they noticed Le Cornu's illegal activities, the court heard.
They saw Allan drive an excavator and remove rocks during the lowest tide of the year Adelaide now.
DEW officers returned less than a week later and used a drone to investigate what the excavator was used for.
They discovered that the rocks were strategically removed to form a channel that led to a concrete slope with other rocks used to reinforce the area around the slope.
DEW estimated that four or five trucks full of cement would be needed to build the Le Cornu boat ramp.
The furniture magnate and his son were both charged with dredging a natural elevated road, damaging algae that lived on rocks, and dredging material on land
Le Cornu tried to justify his actions to officers from the Ministry of Environment and Water by telling them that he had planted thousands of trees, installed sand dunes and installed two kilometers of fox fence.
& # 39; Based on when I bought the property 23 years ago. There was no tree in place, & Le Cornu said.
& # 39; There were two much bad erosions on the property. There were no animals, no insects, nothing at all.
& # 39; In that period I planted 20,000 trees by hand. That is what I have done. It took me 20 years of my life. & # 39;
Le Cornu and his son are sentenced in September.
They receive a maximum of two years in prison or a $ 100,000 fine for each charge.
They were both found guilty at the Environment, Resources and Development Court
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