North Belfast brothers admit illegal waste dumping

Gary (left) and Thomas Bates leaving Lagaside Court where they pleaded guilty to waste offences
Gary (left) and Thomas Bates leaving Lagaside Court where they pleaded guilty to waste offences

Two north Belfast brothers have admitted to waste dumping offences.

Thomas Bates, 44, of Ballysillan Road, and Gary Bates, 42, of Upper Crumlin Road, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Friday where they each pleaded guilty to a single charge of depositing controlled waste without a waste management licence.

The charges were as a result of a lengthy investigation by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency into the dumping of controlled waste on land the brothers owned in north Belfast.

John Carson, who, the court was told, was acting as a representative of Ace Bates Skip Hire Ltd, also appeared in the dock alongside the Bates brothers.

He pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste without a licence and keeping controlled waste without a licence.

All the offences, the court was told, were committed on dates between May 2005 and August 2011.

A Crown lawyer told Mr Justice Weir that in October all three defendants had pleaded not guilty to a total of 15 charges.

He asked that “those charges be left on the books and not to be proceeded without the leave of the Crown Court or the Court of Appeal”.

Mr Justice Weir adjourned sentencing until June after the conclusion of confiscation proceedings against the company and the Bates brothers.