The Environment and Heritage Service began investigating Hugh Corey’s site on Tullyrusk Road in November 2004. It found that he was dumping and burning mixed waste at the site. The EHS later estimated he had buried over 12,000 tonnes of waste, which was polluting local watercourses.
Appearing at Belfast Recorder’s Court on 30 August, Mr Corey was fined £89,000 for five charges of depositing waste without a waste management licence, contrary to section 4(1) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. He was also given a four-month suspended prison sentence.
Mr Corey had pleaded guilty to 25 charges under the Order in November 2006, but sentencing was deferred so that he could clean up the site. Instead of repairing the damage however, he buried more waste there.
On 3 July, Mr Corey was fined £160,000, but this was reduced on appeal.