Clear rubbish or face jail

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of what Judge Catherine Staines described as “an appalling episode” of dumping was ordered to clear up rubbish for one week to avoid a prison sentence.

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of what Judge Catherine Staines described as “an appalling episode” of dumping was ordered to clear up rubbish for one week to avoid a prison sentence.

James Lawrence, 7 Barrow Way, Spa Street, Port, was charged with committing the offence between April 12 and October 26 last year, at Kilcappagh Bog, Cloneygowan.

“This is an appalling episode of dumping. He should see what other people have to do to clear up his mess,” said Judge Staines.

Acting on behalf of Laois County Council, Mr Declan Breen told Judge Staines that there should be no difficulty with the council consenting to the judge’s order.

The matter was put back to June 15, for Lawrence to produce a letter from the council confirming he has completed seven days of cleaning up rubbish. If so, Judge Staines said he would not go to prison.