Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

'Phonehenge' builder sentenced

Kim Fahey with the Phonehenge West monument at his home in Acton, California (AP)

A backyard builder who created a quirky roadside attraction called Phonehenge West in the Southern California desert is tearing it down - which could mean he will avoid jail.

Kim Fahey was convicted of a dozen building law breaches last year. He could have been sentenced to a year in jail on each count.

But a judge delayed the hearing until next month after learning that Fahey planned to begin destroying a 70ft centrepiece tower.

Judge Daviann L Mitchell praised Fahey and said she will probably sentence him to community service instead of jail if he continues to demolish the 12 structures on his Acton property.

Fahey built the complex over 30 years, mainly using scrap. He and eight others were living there when authorities cracked down.

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