Scrap metal firm boss fined £40k for illegally dumping waste
A Co Antrim businessman and his scrap metal firm have been fined a total of £45,000 for illegally dumping waste.
Robert John Mulholland (49) and his company Mulholland Scrap Metals Ltd each pleaded guilty to keeping, depositing and treating controlled waste without a licence. Belfast Recorders Court heard that officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) visited the firm's premises at Maine Road, Shanksbridge, Ballymena, on June 29, 2010.
The investigators said they found a large amount of scrap metal, scrap cars, bed springs, batteries, fridges, cans, trucks and lorries on the site.
The court was told that the NIEA wrote to Mr Mulholland, who was the director and sole shareholder in the business, to advise him he was operating without a waste management licence.
On June 28, 2011, the NIEA visited the eight-acre site for a second time and found that "50-80%'' of the land was covered in scrap metal, cars and car parts.
The court heard that between June 29, 2010 and June 28, 2011, the NIEA estimated around 19,722 tonnes of waste had been treated on the site with a minimum estimated turnover of around £3m.
Judge Devlin fined Mulholland £40,000 and sentenced him to three months in jail, suspended for two years. His firm was fined £5,000.