Longford District Court: 'Destroyer of Irish countryside' issued with warning

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Longford District Court: 'Destroyer of Irish countryside' issued with warning

A woman who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District court charged under the Litter Pollution Act had her case adjourned to allow the court time to monitor her behaviour.

Marlena Bogdanska, 12 Beechwood, Granard, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with causing litter by dumping household waste contrary to the Protection of the Environment Act and the Litter Pollution Act at Ballygilchrist, Granard, Co Longford on November 12, 2015.

Outlining the evidence to the court Litter Warden, Declan Murtagh said that on the date of the incident he attended the area and discovered a large volume of domestic waste there.

“I searched through the waste and found information relating to Marlena Bogdanska,” he added.

“Contact was made with her regarding the removal of the waste, but she made no contact with the local authority.”

Addressing the Judge, the defendant accused her ex husband of dumping the rubbish and framing her for the offence.

“My ex husband left in June 2014 and he did this,” she fumed.

“I pay Mulleady’s for the removal of my rubbish and for the last five years I have lived at my current address.”

She subsequently produced her Mulleady’s Pay Card and other information - including receipts for the removal of her rubbish - from the recycling company via her mobile phone, to the court.

Photographic evidence in respect of the litter was then furnished to the court.

Mr Murtagh told Judge Hughes that the defendant had come to the attention of the local authority on a number of occasions prior to the incident before the court and there was no mention of her husband before.

“She has blamed other people for the dumping before, but not her ex husband - this is the first time she has mentioned him,” the Litter Warden continued.

Addressing the defendant, Judge Hughes said, “Are you telling me that on all the occasions your waste has been dumped in the countryside, your husband did it?”.

“Yes, I promise on my children’s lives,” the defendant replied.

Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes said that if the defendant came before him again, he would impose a fine of €3,000 or send her to prison for six months.

“I think the council know very well what you are doing,” the Judge fumed.

“You pay Mulleady’s occasionally and then other times you collect up all your rubbish and dump it in the Irish countryside.

“You are a prolific dumper of rubbish; you are a destroyer of the Irish countryside and this court will be watching you.”

The defendant left the courtroom sobbing.