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Flytippers ‘Guilty as sin’ says Judge

Published Friday, 26 February 2010

Two brothers who blighted North London with serial flytipping offences were sentenced to community penalties at Wood Green Crown Court this week.

Judge Sheridan noted that Peter O'Donoghue (40) of Rivulet Road N17 had greater culpability than his brother, and had chosen to run a commercial operation for his own gain, going up and down with his van collecting waste and then dumping it. 

He was sentenced to carry out a community penalty of 210 hours of unpaid work and, having said that he was due to start paid employment from next week, was ordered to pay a contribution towards the Council's costs of £5,200 (£50 per week over two years). 

James O'Donoghue, (33) of Wren Close N9 who said he was unemployed, was given a community penalty of 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £520 towards the Council's costs (£5 per week over two years).

Judge Sheridan told the defendants that they had brought this case to the Crown Court, incurring further costs for the ratepayers of Enfield, and that it had been listed for a three-week trial until he had used his case management powers to force them to identify the issues.

It had then become clear that there were no issues, and that they were "as guilty as sin". 

The Judge said that he was "sending a strong message to flytippers", adding that there was a "flytipping epidemic" and that Enfield Council were "doing their best to fight it".

No plea in mitigation was made of behalf of either defendant. 

Cllr Terry Neville, Cabinet Member for Environment said "I am delighted to see that this case has at last reached its conclusion.

"These men dumped around three tonnes of rubbish and building materials in Enfield and Haringey, and bringing them to court was the result of a long and extensive investigation by Enfield Council's enviro crime team.

"I welcome the Judge's comment that Enfield Council is doing its best to fight these disgraceful individuals who blight our land with their dumped rubbish. This sends out a message that we will track them down, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."

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