A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Litter Act was convicted and fined €500 following a hearing into the matter.
Robert Donoghue, 2 O’Connell Terrace, Mullingar, Co Westmeath appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with depositing rubbish in a public place at Tullyvrane, Lanesboro, Co Longford on January 26, 2016.
In his direct evidence to the court, Ciaran Prior a member of An Garda Síochána based in Roscommon said that on the date in question he came upon a number of black bags of rubbish in an area at Tullyvrane that he and his sons maintain and clean up on a regular basis.
“There were two black bags dumped in the area and I took them and placed them in a shed,” said Garda Prior.
“The next day I examined the rubbish and I found dirty nappies, food waste and Health Service Executive (HSE) documentation; I also found a receipt from a local store and other documents with Robert Donoghue’s name, and an address at Cnoc na Gaoithe, Lanesboro on them.”
The court heard that Garda Prior then went to the store and examined CCTV footage from the time the receipt he discovered in the rubbish was issued.
He said he observed a male making the purchases on the receipt, at the store, on the CCTV footage, and once he had collected all his evidence he forwarded it onto Longford Litter Warden, Bridget Devine.
Judge Hughes then commended Garda Prior for what he described as his “efforts” in keeping the local community clean and tidy.
Then, Ms Devine took to the stand to give her evidence in the case.
She said she received a complaint from Garda Prior on January 27 last in which he stated that he had discovered two black bags of dumped domestic rubbish on land in Lanesboro.
The court was told how it subsequently cost the local authority €633.48 to have the rubbish removed and disposed of.
Following his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes said that he was aware that the defendant’s circumstances “were not good” so he fined him €500 and awarded costs of €633.34 against him.