Letters land litter lout in court

Banbury Magistrates Court House
Banbury Magistrates Court House

A litter lout who dumped household rubbish containing his name and address on farmland in Duns Tew has been ordered to pay more than £800 in fines, court and clean-up costs.

At Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 9, Bashar Salloum, 34, of White Road in Oxford pleaded guilty to one offence of depositing controlled waste without a permit at Spring Farm in Duns Tew.

The court heard in February this year, Cherwell District Council received a report of a flytip on the land and on attending, discovered rubbish including paper, cardboard and tarpaulin had been dumped on site.

Upon investigating the rubbish, the officer discovered correspondence containing Salloum’s name and address and during an interview with officers in April, Salloum made a “full admission” and was subsequently summoned to court.

However he failed to attend two arranged court dates and was arrested on a warrant earlier this month and held in custody for 17 hours before being released on bail.

Charlotte Frizzell, defending, told the court Salloum was “very sorry and very remorseful” for his actions and as someone who had never had contact with the police previously, said his time in custody had been “pretty traumatic”.

In sentencing Salloum, chairman of the bench Priscilla Greenall said she had taken into account his guilty plea and the time spent in police custody.

She fined him £350 for the offence; ordered him to pay a £50 contribution to the prosecution costs; £367.69 clean-up costs and a victim surcharge of £35.

Cllr Tony Ilott, lead member for clean and green, said: “The actions of one individual in dumping waste on private land have repercussions on so many.

“This starts with the land owner who must pay to have the waste removed; extends to our officers who must spend time investigating the offence and ends with the taxpayer who has to foot the bill of the investigation.

“It is only right that those who commit these offences are held accountable and in this case Salloum has paid the price for his actions with not just an expensive fine and legal costs, but with the criminal record he now carries as a result of this conviction.”