Trial of Strath OAP delayed
Accused of dumping human waste
A Strath pensioner, accused of flouting environmental legislation by dumping human waste on a road near Madderty over a 17-month period, wants to obtain legal advice, he told Perth Sheriff Court.
Seventy-nine-year-old Peter Roy, of Craigend, near Crieff, was to have faced trial on Tuesday, December 12.
But that that has been delayed until March 6 to allow him to consult a solicitor.
An earlier hearing was scheduled for February 15.
Roy is also accused of ignoring an abatement notice which had allegedly been served on him in May, 2002.
He has denied the two charges against him.
It is alleged that he had been served with the notice, in terms of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, on May 27, 2002, in respect of premises at Craigmuir.
But it is claimed that between December 3, 2015, and May 11, 2017, without reasonable excuse, he failed to comply with its requirements and prohibitions.
The charge indicates that he deposited waste containing liquid and human excrement and failed to remove an accumulation of the material, as well as failing to take other measures necessary to abate the nuisance and prevent its recurrence.
A second charge alleges that between December 3, 2015, and May 11, 2017, on land near the road adjacent to Craigmuir, he deposited - or knowingly permitted the human excrement to be deposited there - without a waste management licence.
Roy, who had been representing himself, was advised at his last court appearance to contact the procurator fiscal’s office as soon as possible to ensure he was ready for the trial date.
The accused said he had gone there but had been unable to get the information he wanted.
He handed a letter to the presiding sheriff indicating he wanted to obtain legal representation.