A woman who was forced to pay a $200 fine for using Astro’s turf at a Melbourne resort was outraged after the judge said she could not afford the $10,000 bill.
The court heard that the woman, who is also a professional cyclist, was fined $200 for the use of the synthetic turf, and was told it was the only way to avoid a court appearance and the cost of a court application.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was then told that the judge had ruled that she was not eligible for Astro money.
“She could have used the same money to pay for a lawyer and legal costs,” Magistrate Denise Macquarie said.
She said the judge’s decision was a violation of her right to a fair trial and should be overturned.
“This is an unfortunate incident, but I’m not going to take it personally,” Magistrates’ Court Judge Denise MacQuarie said in court.
“If you’re going to use Astro, then you’re entitled to it.”
She said Astro had made the turf available to anyone who wanted it, including “everyone” on a family holiday.
“What’s the use in spending that money?” the judge asked.
“The purpose of the product is to provide a natural environment for you to enjoy the ride,” she said.
“It’s not an artificial environment.”
The court was told the woman and her family had been using the turf since the summer.
“I think they would like to have it, but they’re not sure how much it costs,” Judge Macquaria said.
Judge Macquarity told the court the woman’s family would pay $200, while the rest of the family could still pay $10.
“They’re going out for a few days, they’re going for a short holiday and then they come back to the property, and that’s where the money will be used,” she told the hearing.
“You can’t get a $10 bill.”
The woman’s attorney said she would appeal the decision.
“We’re not going anywhere,” the woman said.
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