Case al­leg­ing the use of marked diesel ad­journed

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A CASE in­volv­ing a num­ber of de­fend­ents and the al­leged use of marked oil and was ad­journed to Novem­ber at Ark­low Dis­trict Court.

LMC Trans­port, Croghan In­dus­trial Es­tate, pleaded guilty to hav­ing marked fuel in tanks on March 22, 2017. Dean Cham­bers Trans­port, Croghan In­dus­trial Es­tate Ark­low pleaded guilty to marked fuel in three ve­hi­cles on the same date. Dean Cham­bers, Mullawn­view, Bal­ly­fad, Ou­lart, Gorey, Co Wex­ford, pleaded guilty to two charges of hav­ing marked fuel in tanks on the same date while Derek Cham­bers, 110 Monks­field, Athlone, Co West­meath, pleaded guilty to hav­ing marked fuel in tanks on the same date.

Sum­mons for Dar­ius Pavel Lip­in­ski, 13 Oak­lands, Ark­low, for the al­leged use of il­le­gal oil mark­ers in two ve­hi­cles were with­drawn.

Judge David Kennedy said he would hear the ev­i­dence and the case could be fi­nalised on an­other day.

An of­fi­cer of Cus­toms and the Rev­enue Com­mis­sion­ers told the court that on March 22, 2017, four of­fi­cers in­ter­cepted a de­liv­ery of fuel at the premises in the Croghan In­dus­trial Es­tate. Fuel from the tank was sam­pled and con­firmed to be laun­dered fuel.

Other ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to Dean Cham­bers Trans­port that ar­rived on to the premises were also checked and laun­dered fuel iden­ti­fied.

A stor­age tank con­tain­ing 4,750 litres of laun­dered fuel was dis­cov­ered.

The Cus­toms of­fi­cial told the court that this rep­re­sented a loss of ex­cise duty, car­bon tax and VAT of €2,432. The court also heard that the use of laun­dered fuel can pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage be­cause it is cheaper than road fuel.

The of­fi­cial also told the court that, as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, two war­rants were ex­ce­cuted at the res­i­dence of Dean Cham­bers and com­put­ers and pa­per­work were seized.

Solic­i­tor Padraig Hy­land asked if Cham­bers had been co-op­er­a­tive dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Cus­toms of­fi­cer said Cham­bers had co-op­er­ated and been forth­com­ing. Staff and driv­ers had been in­ter­viewed.

Judge David Kennedy ad­journed the case un­til Novem­ber 20.

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