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Slumlord fails to appear in court

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Alleged ‘schoolie slumlord’ Shai Major had his first court date yesterday in Byron Local Court to answer charges of ‘carry out development without consent.’

A raid on his leased property on Bangalow Road allegedly found 19 people living in the house, including eight schoolies paying $800 per week for the privilege of sleeping in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Mr Major did not appear in person on Wednesday, saying that he would be in Brisbane, sending his solicitor to request an adjournment.

But when council officers returned to the property to serve a further notice they found Mr Major there.

Magistrate Michael Dakin specified that a plea must be entered at the next court date, March 22.


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