A 60-year-old Northampton man who paid an acquaintance £100 to dispose of a large number of items of household furniture has been left with a court bill of almost £1,000 after the rubbish was found fly-tipped on a bridleway.
Kenneth Hillman, of Daintree Gardens, Headlands, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he was prosecuted by South Northamptonshire Council.
The court heard that a council enforcement officer found a television stand, wardrobe, two mattresses, two sofas and cardboard in a bridleway in Stoke Bruerne.
The waste included an address that allowed the council to trace Hillman as the owner of the items.
In interview, Hillman admitted that he had paid an acquaintance £100 to dispose of a number of items from a house he was selling.
However, he failed to check the person had a licence to remove of the waste.
Hillman, representing himself, said he had been told by the person who removed the waste that he had been doing it for 14 years.
He said: “I was under pressure to exchange contracts on a house. It had been up for sale for a long time but I needed it to be empty.
“I could not find anyone but this man to do the job.”
Hillman was fined £500, must pay costs of £405 and pay victim surcharge of £50.