Four fined over fly-tipping incidents

Fly-tipping incident - Owens

We've successfully prosecuted four people in unrelated fly-tipping offences, which occurred in different parts of the borough. A further case was adjoined until May 2023.

At St Albans Magistrates' Court on 12 April 2023, Mr Jose Brinca of Friesan Close, Luton, Mr Gary Davison of Walters Court, Watford, Miss Kelsey Owens of Hilltop, Redbourn and Mr Constantin-Stefan Galca of Heacham Close, Luton, were all convicted after pleading guilty in their cases to either the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste or failing in their householder duty of care to transfer waste to an authorised person. The offences occurred in both rural and urban locations around the borough. The defendants were collectively ordered to pay fines of £2,706, costs of £2,134.92 and victim surcharges of £988.

Brinca and Davison were caught on covert cameras installed by ourselves at Coles Lane, Flamstead, on 29 and 30 June 2022 and at Barnes Lane, Kings Langley, on 27 August 2022 respectively. Items dumped at Coles Lane included a large pile of assorted furniture and in Barnes Lane, 20 sacks of rubble and soil.

Following investigations into two fly-tipping incidents - namely a tipper truck load of household clearance waste found in Guinery Grove, Hemel Hempstead, and a large pile of mixed domestic waste at Holtsmere End Lane, Hemel Hempstead - we traced the waste back to residential properties in Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead, and Luton, Bedfordshire, for which Owens and Galca were responsible at the time.

Breakdown of verdicts

  • Jose Brinca - Fine: £1,846, costs: £1,784.92, victim surcharge: £738 Total: £4,368.92
  • Kelsey Owens - Fine: £320, costs: £350, victim surcharge: £34.00 Total: £704
  • Gary Davison - Fine: £300, costs: none, victim surcharge: £120 Total: £420
  • Constantin–Stefan Galca - Fine: £240, costs: none, victim surcharge: £96 Total: £336