New court date for Mt Stuart demolition man Darko Krajinovic

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Darko Krajinovic has pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to his alleged removal of stone footings at his Mount Stuart property. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

THE developer who illegally demolished his heritage-listed Hobart home was back in court today.

Darko Krajinovic has pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to his alleged removal of stone footings at his Mount Stuart property where the demolition occurred.

In February 2017, Darko Krajinovic used an excavator to all but destroy his 1885 Mount Stuart home without a Hobart City Council planning permit, with plans to build four townhouses on the property.

He pleaded guilty to nine offences relating to the incident and was fined a total of $225,000. Krajinovic appealed against the fine in the Supreme Court, arguing it was manifestly excessive but lost the appeal.

He applied to appeal that decision but later withdrew his application.

Krajinovic appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court today to face the more recent charges, that include failing to ensure demolition work complied with the Building Act, failing to engage a building surveyor, and undertaking development that is contrary to a planning scheme.

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Hobart City Council’s lawyer Martin Butler said the hearing was expected to take two days.

Mr Butler said three council employees, including a heritage officer, and four civilian witnesses would give evidence at the hearing.

Magistrate Glenn Hay said he was unable to set a date for the hearing today. He adjourned the case until next month when a hearing date will be allocated.

Mr Hay said the hearing would likely be held in October or November.

Krajinovic’s development application for four townhouses at 55 Mt Stuart Rd was given the green light by Hobart City Council last week.

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