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Thursday 17 August 2017

Tenants caused 'septic' stench by dumping 168 rubbish bags in garden

Wexford rubbish
Wexford rubbish

A couple have been convicted of pollution charges after they stashed 168 bags of rubbish in their garden.

Neighbours complained of the stench coming from the home of Jason Rice and Jennifer Browne, formerly of Kennedy Park, Wexford.

Environmental inspector Rory O'Mahoney called to the property last August 17 to investigate the complaints.

Rodents

In the back yard and garden of the house, he counted 168 bags of refuse being stored.

A "septic" smell was coming from the bags and the contents appeared to be decomposing.

Bags found in a shed at the premises displayed signs that rodents had been eating at the rubbish and making nests there.

Mr O'Mahoney was concerned that five children, including a baby, lived in the house where the rubbish was piling up against the back door.

Wexford County Council brought a case against the couple, who were not present before Judge John Cheatle.

After paying a contractor €1,800 to remove the waste, the local authority proceeded under pollution legislation rather than the Litter Act.

Mr O'Mahoney presented evidence in court in support of the charge alleging "possession of waste likely to cause pollution".

Contractor Davy O'Connor took the offending material to landfill at Holmestown in two truckloads.

Landlord Philip Creane was in court to state that Rice and Browne became his tenants in 2012.

He reckoned this was the third such episode and said he had received complaints from neighbours on all sides, who told them they could not leave their windows open because of the smell.

They were also worried about vermin and birds.

Judge Cheatle formally recorded convictions and an order for payment of €1,800 against the prosecuted pair before making out bench warrants in a bid to bring them to court.

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