Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Speeding Boatie Finds the Fine Was Cheaper

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Speeding Boatie Finds the Fine Was Cheaper

Article excerpt

FIGHTING a marine speeding charge became an expensive exercise for a Tamaree pensioner who will now have to pay more than six times the original fine.

Terrence Charles Goodwyn, 75, had denied a charge of exceeding the 6-knot limit in the Snapper Creek harbour on January 9.

Gympie magistrate M Baldwin found Goodwyn guilty of the offence after accepting police evidence that they were able to tell without electronic equipment whether a craft was exceeding the limit and making wash.

Neither police nor Goodwyn could produce any technological proof they were right, but Mrs Baldwin said Goodwyn had not argued with police about his speed, only about whether the speed limit applied where he was caught.

Mrs Baldwin said he had contested the alleged speed only after finding he was, as police informed him, in an area subject to the limit.

She said this raised doubts about the credibility of Goodwyn's claim that he was not speeding.

Goodwyn told the court he did not have GPS equipment. …

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