A 69-year-old man was convicted of littering at Portlaoise District Court last Thursday.
He was before the court on foot of a bench warrant, where he pleaded guilty to the illegal disposing of two black bags full of rubbish on 30 November last year at Lea, Portarlington.
Representing himself in court, the defendant was asked by Judge Catherine Staines if he anything to say about the issue.
He said: “I’m sorry. I’ve never been in trouble before.”
“We have a beautiful country that is being destroyed by people throwing litter and bags of rubbish around,” said Judge Staines.
The man said: “The guard told me to pick it up and he followed me until I picked it up. I’ve no excuse as to why I threw it there. I can sincerely say that I am sorry about it.”
Asked by Judge Staines how he was disposing of his waste now, he said: “A friend of mine allows me to use her bin. She pays for it and I use her bin.”
Judge Staines convicted and fined the defendant €40, with four months to pay.
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