Senior unaware he was dumping illegally given $500 fine

Gary Kean
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CORNER BROOK — A senior citizen from Corner Brook found out that ignorance of the law is not a defence after he was fined $500 Tuesday for discarding scrap pavement on the side of a city road.

Arthur Vincent, 70, was charged under the Environmental Protection Act after the City of Corner Brook’s municipal police force investigated a complaint that Vincent had dumped a pile of asphalt alongside Mayfair Avenue.

Another resident had complained to the city police after witnessing Vincent dump about a dozen chunks of pavement in the area in broad daylight on June 6.

Vincent, who entered a guilty plea to the charge when he appeared in provincial court Tuesday, was tracked down by the police by a licence plate number the witness had provided.

The court heard the complainant had told Vincent he wasn’t allowed to do it. that Vincent disregarded the warning and drove off. Lynn Cole, the legal-aid lawyer who represented Vincent in court, told Judge Catherine Allen-Westby that her client never heard any warning uttered to him and never knew it was illegal to dump the asphalt there.

Cole said Vincent, who has never been in trouble with the law before for any other reason, would never have done what he did if he knew it was illegal and has been stressed since being charged. She added the fact the offence was committed in the middle of the day with no attempt to conceal the act showed Vincent was unaware he was illegally dumping.

Crown attorney Lori St. Croix said there is a minimum sentence for the offence, which is set at $500, and asked Allen-Westby to give Vincent a fine in that amount.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • david
    December 04, 2013 - 09:37

    I don't doubt he didn't know the difference....and that's what you're dealing with here. Generation after generation of complete and utter ignorance. If you want a shock, go observe how people in the towns around Bonne Bay --- in the middle of Gros Morne National Park ----- deal with whatever special 'garbage' they have. It is sickening.

  • Lee Walsh
    December 04, 2013 - 08:03

    I am so happy to hear that a person was fined for dumping theirjunk. I live in the same area and people are always illegally dumping in that area. A beautiful wooded area that has become inundated with house hold waste, construction waste, countless piles of yard waste and just recently a fresh moose carcass. Kudoos to the person who reported him. More people should do the same.