Fly-tipping dad-to-be avoids jail
A MAN has narrowly avoided prison after admitting fly- tipping while subject to a suspended sentence.
Nicholas Walters, 25, of Gomer Gardens, Townhill, admitted two charges of depositing waste without an environmental permit.
The first offence relates to land at Terrace Road and the other at Berwick Terrace.
Swansea Magistrates' Court was told a Council Enforcement Officer went to Terrace Road at 10.30am on October 24 and saw a pile of illegal waste had been dumped on the road.
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Among the rubbish, the officer found a label containing an address in Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. Officers took a statement from a witness living at the address but the following day were called out again to reports of fly-tipping at an address in Berwick Terrace.
More documents from the same address in Gwaun-cae-Gurwen were found and officers returned to speak to the same witness.
She was shown pictures of a blue and white tipper truck thought to be responsible and an advert for Absolute Waste Disposal, taken from the Yellow Pages. She confirmed she had paid the company £350 to remove the waste from her home.
Walters was later arrested and admitted he was both a licensed waste carrier and the person who ran the company.
The court was told he was subject to a suspended sentence at the time of the offence after admitting assaulting a previous partner.
Craig Davies, representing Walters, asked magistrates not to activate the suspended sentence and jail his client because his new partner was pregnant with twins and he was working well on a community order.
Probation officer Fred Matthews told the court one of the unpaid work schemes run by the probation service gets offenders to collect fly-tipped rubbish.
Mr Davies said: "How apt, it would be the perfect sentence."
For the two fly-tipping offences, he was made subject to a community order including 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.