A BRITISH couple found guilty of illegally building on non-buildable land have been given an eight month prison sentence and ordered to demolish their home.
Expats David and Janet H. who live in Torrox, Málaga were granted a licence to restore a 24 square metre property but instead built one ten times the size.
Now a judge in Málaga has found them guilty of a crime against town ordination.
And in addition Torrox Town Hall has issued a fine of 73,000 euros.
The pair bought the land in September 2000 and applied for a works licence in July the following year.
They were granted permission to rebuild the small ruins of a building that already existed.
However the court revealed: “The accused built a detached chalet type property, with a new floor, basement, swimming pool, and put tarmac on the exterior perimeter, to an area of about 240 square metres.”
Moreover, it is reported the couple ignored an order by Torrox Town Hall in January 2004 to stop all construction on the land.
As a result, they were handed a fine of 73,092 euros in September 2006, and the Town Hall opened an order to demolish the house.
When sentencing the couple, the Magistrate ruled the property cannot be made legal and he considerd the demolition to be ‘proportionate’.