Potato grower Tony Galati has admitted being in contempt of court after breaching an injunction to limit his annual output.
In November 2015, the now-defunct Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC) was granted an injunction against Galati, who owns the Spud Shed supermarket chain.
The former potato market regulator, which was abolished last year, argued Galati had deliberately planted more potatoes than permitted under his annual quota of 6,000 tonnes.
Last week, the State Government dropped legal action against the potato grower over the alleged breach of his contract with the PMC.
Today the Supreme Court heard Galati accepted he was in contempt of court by exceeding the quota by 150 tonnes and failing to take measures to ensure he was complying with his licence conditions.
Apology an ‘significant step’
Justice Paul Tottle described the breach as “serious” and said it undermined the “administration of justice”.
Galati’s lawyer, Jeremy Giles SC, told the court his client had promised to publish a full-page apology in a newspaper in response.
“[Galati] and the company accept … that it should not have happened,” Mr Giles said.
“He is here to apologise not only to Your Honour … as the authority of the court … but also to the state of Western Australia.”
Justice Tottle said he accepted the newspaper apology was a “significant step” for Galati.
The Spud Shed owner will have to pay $200,000 in court costs, as well as any fine yet to be imposed.
Justice Tottle reserved his decision on the matter and will hand down his ruling within a fortnight.