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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Mother faces court after rogue collector dumped her rubbish

Dawn Kenny struck a deal for €50 to dispose of her rubbish
Dawn Kenny struck a deal for €50 to dispose of her rubbish

A woman who paid an unscrupulous waste collector to pick up her rubbish has been prosecuted after he dumped it in the Wicklow mountains.

Dawn Kenny's details were found in three of 80 bags left at the side of the road near the Seefin passage tomb.

She had been offered a good deal by the man, who charged her €50 to collect the refuse, a court was told.

Judge Paula Murphy fined her €300.

The defendant, of Kiltalown Crescent, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to causing or facilitating the dumping of waste. It happened in Seefin Road, Manor Kilbride, Co Wicklow, on August 15, 2016.

Correspondence between Kenny and a financial institution was discovered in three of the 80 bags that were abandoned at the side of the road, the court heard.

Tracked

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Kenny was pleading guilty on the basis of recklessness.

Mr Hennessy said a number of people had been prosecuted following the waste find.

A solicitor for Wicklow County Council said it had tracked down five or six people after finding household bills in the rubbish.

However, the council had not yet had any success in identifying who had collected the refuse.

The court heard it was a common occurrence that individuals would take away waste in the Tallaght area, only to later dump it in scenic areas of Co Wicklow.

Mr Hennessy said Kenny was a lone parent with two teenagers and was living in very tight financial circumstances.

An individual offered to coll-ect her rubbish for €50. She took the deal but should have satisfied herself he had a waste permit, Mr Hennessy said.

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