Illegal waste site boss declares himself bankrupt as he’s handed a suspended jail sentence
A man has been handed a five months suspended jail sentence in Northern Ireland for a series of waste crimes which were investigated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
Jonathan Stevenson, aged 36, appeared in Coleraine Magistrates’ Court, Portrush, last week, following an investigation into a illegal waste site which was being operated in Ballymoney.
The NIEA were alerted to an unlicensed waste site in the area of Ballymoney by local residents and business owners. There was over 21 tonnes of waste stored at the site, including baled plastics, wood and cardboard.
Between August and December 2014, the NIEA investigated the site and requested proof of valid documentation from Jonathan Stevenson, however this was never supplied.
The NIEA prosecuted Stevenson for offences which breached Article 4(1)(b) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, including storing controlled waste at a site not licensed with a valid waste permit and treating controlled waste without holding the necessary permits.
Stevenson appeared in Coleraine Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to the offences and was handed a five months prison sentence which was suspended for three years.
No fine was given to Stevenson or his business as he had already declared himself bankrupt.
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