"I would imprison you if I could": the judge harshly criticizes the promoters of bars that threw meters of asbestos waste from the residences while fining them with $ 600,000 for their despicable crime
- Melbourne bar developers have been fined $ 600,000 for pouring asbestos
- The men pleaded guilty to dumping industrial waste from the Melbourne site
- Magistrate Richard Pithouse says he would be imprisoning the couple if he could
Australian Associated Press
Kelsey Wilkie for Daily Mail Australia
A judge said he would jail two bar promoters who threw asbestos waste near the houses if he could.
Stefce Kutlesovski and Raman Shaqiri pleaded guilty to dumping industrial waste from the former Corkman hotel in a residential area in north-west Melbourne.
Each of them received a fine of $ 120,000 in the Sunshine Magistrates Court on Wednesday, almost the maximum amount available.
Raman Shaqiri (pictured) pleaded guilty to dumping industrial waste from the former site of the Corkman Hotel.
His company, 160 Leicester, was fined another $ 300,000 for the offense.
Magistrate Richard Pithouse said that this type of behavior must be stopped, 9News reported.
"If the jail were available he would be imprisoning the accused," he said.
"There needs to be a putative punishment for developers who want to follow this path, it has to be discouraged."
He also criticized Kutlesovski for his behavior in court, ABC reported.
Stefce Kutlesovski (pictured) pleaded guilty to dumping industrial waste from the former site of Corkman Hotel
"You think you're above the law, but you're not."
"I would not be sitting rubbing your chin as presumptuously as you are today."
The developers knocked down a 159-year-old Melbourne pub in October 2016 after pledging to restore it to its former glory.
The company and Shaqiri pleaded guilty to shooting down the pub in May.
Kutlesovski is fighting those charges and a hearing is scheduled for January.
The developers downed a 159-year-old Melbourne pub in October 2016 after promising to restore it to its former glory.