Wales

John Albert Gizzi dumped 1,000 tonnes of waste at Rhyl

Waste dumped at Brookdale Road in Rhyl Image copyright Natural Resources Wales
Image caption The waste was dumped at Brookdale Road in Rhyl

A businessman has been ordered to pay £107,000 and received a 15-month suspended jail sentence for illegally dumping 1,000 tonnes of rubbish.

John Albert Gizzi, 67, from Abergele, Conwy county, was convicted last year of illegally dumping waste on land he owned in Rhyl, Denbighshire.

He appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.

He was ordered to hand over £60,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and pay £47,000 in costs.

Gizzi will also have to wear an electronic tag and observe a five-month home curfew between the hours of 18:30-05:30 GMT.

The court was told that Gizzi had saved £84,000 by not taking the waste to a licensed site where he would have had to pay more than £80 per tonne.

'Financial motive'

Gizzi, who operated North Wales Skip Hire at Colomendy Industrial Estate in Denbigh, had had his operator's licence rescinded and was under pressure to remove the waste, the hearing was told.

He denied illegally depositing the waste at Brookdale Road in Rhyl without an environmental permit between April and October 2012.

But he did plead guilty to two offences of incorrect documentation which the judge, Recorder Elwen Evans QC, said were designed to cover up his offending.

The prosecution was brought by Natural Resources Wales.

After the hearing, a spokesman said: "The motivation behind the crime was financial.

"Disposing of waste illegally can harm the environment and undermines businesses that invest in the required measures."