Businessman Dermot Kennedy - a former Sinn Fein election candidate - demolished Piney Ridge, a B1 listed building on the Malone Road in Belfast, over the Easter holiday in March 2008. He was taken to court and was fined just £150 while the development company of which he is a director, Ortega Properties Ltd, was fined £300.
The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society said it was 'very concerned' at the 'small' fine imposed and rightly so.
Our listed buildings are part of our history and our cultural heritage and they must be protected. In this and in a number of other previous cases the courts have failed to recognise the value of cultural heritage. That needs to change!