Trial of Strath OAP de­layed

Ac­cused of dump­ing hu­man waste

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Court Re­porter

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.

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