Prominent Perth businessman John Kizon has lost his fight to have a $150 speeding fine withdrawn but has vowed to challenge it in the State’s highest court.
Kizon was today found guilty in the Perth Magistrate’s Court of exceeding the speeding limit after he was caught doing 61km/h on Railway Parade, West Leederville, a 50km/h zone, in January last year.
Outside court, Kizon said he took the matter to trial last month on principle and he would now appeal Magistrate Elizabeth Woods’ decision in the Supreme Court.
“The little guy in the street is getting kicked every day and these courts and this Government will keep hitting them. I’ve got the ability to take them on and I will,” he said.
Defence lawyer Shane Brennan had argued Sen. Const. Malcolm Lee, who pulled Kizon over, was not authorised to use the laser speed gun which detected him speeding. He said the officer completed a certificate of competency in 1992 but the model of speed gun was not approved for use by the State Government until 2008.
Delivering her reserved decision yesterday, Ms Woods said Sen. Const. Lee was an authorised member of the police force and did not need to be certified competent to operate speed detection equipment.
She said the prosecution had proved the charge and Kizon was ordered to pay a $150 fine and $125.90 court costs.
Kizon said the decision “naturally” cast doubt on the WA police force and he was prepared to spend “whatever it takes” to take his “fight for the little guy” further.
“Can you drive a truck if you’ve got a car licence, I ask you? The Magistrate says they (the police) can do what they want,” he said.
“It doesn’t affect me. I’ve still got all my 12 points, the $150 fine but what about the little guy?”