A fly-tipper who dumped waste twice in the same Croydon street abandoned his court appeal when confronted with pictures showing him caught in the act taken on a resident’s mobile phone.
Shirley resident Nuhur Mulindwa incurred £5,670 costs and 250 hours unpaid community service at Croydon Crown Court last week, the latest successful conviction of the council’s constant battle against anti-social fly-tippers in the borough.
Croydon Council has prosecuted 143 people for dumping rubbish illegally on the borough’s streets since its Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign began in 2013.
Mulindwa appealed against an original sentence after a case heard by Croydon Magistrates last August, when he was found guilty and had £4,170 costs and £60 surcharge awarded against him, plus the community service.
The court had heard how Mulindwa was seen in Bramble Close on May 21 2015 dumping rubbish, including bits of old carpet. On June 15, he was seen again in the same street fly-tipping waste including furniture, poles and wood. At the time, Mulindwa had been running a registered waste collection business called Enrichment Internations. The business has since closed.
The scene in the court room last Friday verged on low comedy. The judge in the appeal case, Miss Recorder Presland, asked a witness to allow her to view the pictures on her phone. After viewing the images, the judge turned to Mulindwa’s lawyer and asked whether he was really claiming not to be the man in the pictures.
His lawyer was left with little doubt that if the appeal was unsuccessful, then Mulindwa would face an even harsher sentence. As it was, as the appeal case collapsed, Mulindwa was ordered to pay an additional £1,500 costs.
“Mulindwa’s decision to appeal his original sentence speaks volumes about the sheer arrogance of fly-tippers, who think they can dump rubbish on our streets and get away with it – in some cases even after they have been found guilty in court,” said Stuart Collins, the Labour-run council’s cabinet member responsible for the state of our streets.
“But the case also says a lot about the tenacity of our residents and our council – who are equally determined that they will not put up with fly-tipping any more and will robustly defend any challenges to prosecutions.
“Big thanks to the resident who came forward with this evidence and helped us to bring this perpetrator to justice – I would urge others to do the same and back our Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign by helping us take action against people who dump rubbish illegally in our borough.”
Inside Croydon recommends that its loyal reader uses FixMyStreet, available online or through an app downloaded on to your smart phone, which records accurately through GPS the location of incidents to report, allows you to include photographs – apparently so important – and file the report to the council in minutes.
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