A Co Tyrone man was made the subject of a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act at the Crown Court in Belfast yesterday,
Barry McKeever, 47, of Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland, was made the subject of the Confiscation Order of £60,000 for waste offences in relation to his car breaker’s business.
McKeever pleaded guilty at Enniskillen Crown Court on Tuesday to six breaches of waste management legislation under The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.
He was sentenced on one charge under Article 4(1)a, four charges under Article 4(1)b and one charge under Article 44 of the Order.
McKeever was given a six-month custodial sentence for each of the first five charges – 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(b) – and a three-month custodial sentence for the Article 44 charge, all to run concurrently, suspended for two years.
On October 24, 2012, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigated a site operated by McKeever on the Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland, where around 800 end of life vehicles (ELVs) and parts of ELVs had been deposited.
Officers revisited the site again on May 1, 2013, and found a large amount of waste vehicles still on site.
The site did not have a waste management licence or a licence to operate as an authorised treatment facility for ELVs.
The nature of the site meant that there was a possibility that the waste present on site, some of which was hazardous, could have polluted the local environment.
McKeever has subsequently applied for and received a waste management licence for the site at 110 Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland.