A church minister from Banbury who dumped 18 sacks of rubbish while being chauffeured by his wife has been ordered to pay more than £400 in clean-up costs.
Manoj Abraham, 35, of Warwick Road, pleaded guilty to one charge of flytipping at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on August 27 and was also fined £200, ordered to pay £100 legal costs and £20 victim surcharge.
The court heard in May of this year he dumped the sacks of household rubbish in two locations in an unclassified road between the A4260 Stratford Road and the village of Shenington.
The bags were spotted by a Cherwell District Council employee and they found letters containing Abraham’s name, church minister title and address.
During questioning by council officers Abraham admitted he had dumped the rubbish while his wife drove the car.
He told them the couple had gone to the tip and found it closed so decided to dump the waste on the way home as it had started to smell.
John Kearsey, chairman of the bench, said: “We take a very dim view of flytipping; it blights the countryside. Someone has to clean up after you – it does not get taken away by the pixies and it lowers the quality of life for everyone.”
No action was taken against Abraham’s wife as it was agreed that although she was present, she had not taken part in the actual act of flytipping.
Nigel Morris, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “Every action has a reaction and unfortunately in the case of flytipping that act is always negative. Mr Abraham has not only inherited an expensive clean-up bill, but a criminal record in the process.”