Dumping case against nightclub owner struck out
Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00
Veteran night club proprietor PJ Doyle successfully defended himself against a litter prosecution which was heard in full at the District Court.
The man from Hollow House in Bunclody was summonsed as Pat Doyle but introduced himself as PJ when he took the oath to give his evidence.
The case dated back to August of last year when CCTV cameras at the Tesco recycling centre in New Ross picked up a blue van.
The driver, a man wearing a white shirt and smoking a cigarette, got out of the vehicle and left a plastic bag beside one of the clothes bins.
Proceedings were initiated Wexford County Council against Doyle as the owner of the van, with a demand to pay a fine of €150.
However, it was clear from the footage shown on screen in court on October 20 that the man in the van was not the accused
The council's Hugh Maguire accepted that the businessman was not the individual shown in the footage.
However, he suggested that the accused could be held responsible as he believed the culprit was an employee.
Solicitor John Mernagh reminded the official from the environment department that letters were sent to the local authority.
In the correspondence it was stated that his client was not the offender and that Doyle was the owner of the grounds beside Enniscorthy Castle.
Those grounds had been made available for 1916 commemorations and other public events.
Giving his evidence, PJ Doyle said his address as owner of the blue van was Hollow House in Bunclody, the family home where he was born.
However, he had been staying with his sister in Kilmyshall around the time of the offence when he had a health setback and had been spending a lot of time in Dublin since his health returned.
As a result, the summons to court had already been issued before he became aware of the fixed penalty notice sent to Hollow House in the post.
The man who used to operate the Barrowlands night club said he had property in New Ross beside Tesco.
Another man and members of his family, looked after the place. The accused said that the man borrowed the van.
'It was not my rubbish,' insisted Doyle who described himself as a good friend of the council, pointing out that the local authority was allowed to use three parking spaces free of charge in the grounds of Enniscorthy Castle
Judge Haughton accepted that the dumping was not authorised by the defendant and struck out the summons.