A man has been billed more than £2,000 after a kitchen unit was dumped in the countryside, blocking access to a farmer’s field.
Michael O’Neill, 46, was found guilty at a trial of a charge of ‘failing in his duty of care as a householder’ regarding waste dumped in Quainton in May last year.
He did not attend court and was found guilty in his absence.
The court heard that on May 7 2013, waste from a kitchen refit was found dumped off Snake Lane blocking the access to a farmer’s field.
The farmer found a label on a worktop cut-out for a new kitchen sink within the dumped waste.
He passed the full details to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The waste was examined and photographed by an investigator who found other traceable items.
It was traced to O’Neill, from Ampthill, Bedfordshire, who was then interviewed.
He denied dumping the waste himself although he recognised it as having come from his kitchen refit at home, stating that a man with a van had taken it away.
He was unable to account for the fact that the man with the van had other waste in his vehicle but his was the only stuff found dumped.
He was similarly unable to explain why scrap metal of value had been dumped, nor the distance between the pick-up and dumping locations, nor the fact that he himself had been working in Aylesbury that week and had driven there in his own van.
O’Neill did admit that he had not checked the man’s credentials, did not know if he was a registered waste carrier and was unable to tell investigators who the waste carrier was, or give the vehicle’s registration number.
He admitted failing in his duty of care as a householder regarding the waste.
The magistrates fined O’Neill £400 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,581.
A victim surcharge of £40 was also levied, and O’Neill was ordered to pay £125 in compensation to the farmer who had to organise the clean-up of the waste which had been dumped on privately owned land.
He has a total to pay of £2,146.
The case was prosecuted by the county council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.