Charges laid against pair who demolished Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub

The Corkman Irish pub in Carlton, built in 1857, as it was last October. Photo: James Bowering Firefighters dampening down building waste where Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub stood for 159 years.
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The site last week. Photo: Joe Armao

The developers who knocked over Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub have had charges laid against them in the Melbourne Magistrates Court by the state government’s building authority and the city council.

On Friday morning, the Victorian Building Authority and Melbourne City Council laid 16 charges against Stefce Kutlesovski, Raman Shaqiri and their company 160 Leicester Pty Ltd.

If the maximum penalties possible were applied against the pair and their company, they would face fines approaching $2 million.

Mr Kutlesovski and Mr Shaqiri knocked over the 159-year-old pub in October without a demolition permit. The historic pub was within a heritage overlay area.

Waste including asbestos from the pub was later found on another site the pair owned in Cairnlea, in Melbourne’s north-west.

A preliminary drawing later emerged for a 12-storey apartment tower the pair were planning on the Carlton site. They bought the pub in 2015 for $4.76 million.

The criminal charges against the two men – who have developed a number of multimillion-dollar residential and industrial developments across Melbourne – include demolishing without a building permit, not complying with an order to stop and carrying out demolition while unregistered.

The maximum penalties for each charge range from $3109 to almost $400,000 per offence.

Jamie Griffin, the pair’s lawyer in a separate action taken out by Planning Minister Richard Wynne in the state planning tribunal, was contacted for comment on the charges.

Attempts were also made to contact Mr Shaqiri.

Charges laid by VBA and Melbourne City Council:

Stefce Kutlesovski Demolition without a building permit $77,730 Holding himself out as a demolisher when he was not registered $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,522 Carrying out demolition without 48-hours written notice to the Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside permissible hours $3109

Raman Shaqiri Permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Failing to exercise due diligence to prevent the demolition of a building without the requisite consent required under planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

160 Leicester Pty Ltd As the owner of the land at 154-160 Leicester Street, Carlton , permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $388,650 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $388,650 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

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