Builder given 18 month community order following flytipping charge

Published date: 07 April 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A BUILDER convicted of fly-tipping on Anglesey was placed on an 18 month community order.

Oswyn Gryffudd Williams claimed at his earlier trial that he had been set up.

He was convicted after being linked by an invoice and a bank paying-in book found among the waste.

Williams, aged 43, of Maes Meurig, Gwalchmai, Anglesey, a father of five, was told by Judge Tracey Lloyd Clarke that it had been a deliberate act.

At Mold Crown Court, she placed him on an 18 month community order and ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Natural Resources Wales.

The Agency had claimed £7,000 costs but the judge ordered him to pay £500.

She warned Williams she could have banned him from driving and seized his vehicle as a result of the offence.

But she said that it would have been “wholly disproportionate” and she took into account he was a hard worker who employed six others and supported his family.

He was a man who had been able to conquer his previous drug addiction- which led to a number of previous convictions -  and run his own building company.

Defending barrister Gareth Roberts said the tipping was fairly minor.

Other similar incidents involving others had more recently been dealt with by fixed penalty notices, he said.

The defendant denied responsibility but was found guilty at Caernarfon crown court of illegally dumping waste - rubble, plasterboard, green waste and old clothing -  at Clegir Mawr, Gwalchmai.

Williams alleged in his trial that council officials, a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officer, other builders and Gwalchmai villagers could have placed documents in the waste that linked him to the material.

Prosecutor Karl Scholz said on August 18, 2015,  Anglesey Council officials were alerted to piles of waste dumped in a lay-by near Gwalchmai.

The material comprised of tyres, builders’ rubble, and clothing.

Mr Scholz said an inspection of the material revealed an invoice addressed to the company Williams worked for, Glyndwr Services and a bank paying in book, dating back to 2000-01 belonging to an Old Colwyn company.

Williams, the officer said, had rented an office at the property and had offered the owner to clear away waste material after the premises were refurbished.

Interviewed by police, Williams said the invoice had been kept in his van. A vehicle, he added, which was always kept unlocked with the key in the ignition and he suspected someone had taken the document.

He said documents were kept in the van before being sent to his accountant.

When asked why anyone would steal the invoice he said: “I don’t know, another builder perhaps to set me up.”

During an interview Williams named two Llangefni Town Council workers who he claimed were “all corrupt” and said there were people in Gwalchmai who were “unpleasant b******s”.

He said he did not carry waste in his vehicle and insisted he had never seen the bank book.

He denied moving rubbish from the Old Colwyn property

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