Litter conviction for Ballina man

A 29-year-old man was convicted of illegal dumping during this week’s sitting of Ballina District Court.

At the last sitting of the District Court, evidence was given by litter warden Josephine Armstrong, that on January 4 she found evidence of illegal littering on a public road near Knockmore. Ms Armstrong said the bulk of the rubbish was domestic waste, which was scattered on the road. A bill addressed to Jonathan Morrell, 5 St Muredach’s Terrace, Ballina was discovered, as was a letter from the county council to an unnamed person at Muredach’s Terrace, asking what the householder was doing about their waste.

Morrell (29 ), who has no previous convictions, later tidied up the litter. He told the court he brought the rubbish to the local dump, but did not have a receipt from the dump in court to prove this. Judge Mary Devins adjourned the case to this week’s sitting for production of the receipt; however Morrell said he could not find it.

Judge Devins convicted and fined him €200 and directed that €300 be contributed towards costs.

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