Solicitor slugged $18k for jacaranda removal - Council - News Cumberland Courier:
A PYMBLE solicitor is out of pocket more than $18,000 for illegally removing a large jacaranda tree from his Telegraph Rd property.
Steven Stefanic was fined $10,000 for the offence and ordered to pay $8075 in legal and court costs.
The prosecution followed an investigation by Ku-ring-gai Council after a report by a neighbour.
Mr Stefanic had claimed the tree was a dead stump and pleaded not guilty to the offence.
However the council had obtained photographic evidence of the tree being removed by contractors.
Mayor Ian Cross welcomed the conviction and said it showed courts were willing to impose significant.