Court orders fine dodgers to pay up

Eighteen litter louts who thought they could get away with ignoring their littering fine have had the amount they must pay increased by almost 900 per cent.

Published: Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Eighteen litter louts who thought they could get away with ignoring their littering fine have had the amount they must pay increased by almost 900 per cent, after Hounslow Council took them to court.

Initial £80 fines which could have been settled for £65 if paid in within ten days, were increased to £220 by order of magistrates at Feltham Magistrates’ Court last week (5 September).

Each fine dodger also has to pay court costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £22 bringing the total fine to almost £450.

Eight prosecutions were withdrawn after most of these people cleared their fine before the court date.

One case was adjourned for two weeks. Three attended court and pleaded guilty.

The following people were ordered to pay a total £442 in their absence and collection orders were issued:

  • Ali Ahmed, Orchard Gardens, Hounslow
  • Imran Ashraf, Windsor Road, Hounslow
  • Adam Badat, Harte Road, Hounslow
  • Jason Baker, Burdette Road, Richmond
  • Pervez Bashir, Elmdene Road, Woolwich
  • Anthavan Chandrasekar, Arliss Way, Northolt
  • Mugurel Ene, London Road, Isleworth
  • Shadi Ghasemi, Fairlawn Grove, Chiswick
  • Kathleen Kasiko, Webb House, Swift Road, Feltham
  • Moses Moshiso,  Cookham Close, Southall
  • Victoria O’Brien, Pownall Gardens, Hounslow
  • Damian Pierszalo, Harris Close, Hounslow
  • Michela Pond, Benson Close, Hounslow
  • Pawel Przybylo, Bulstrode Avenue, Hounslow
  • Kimberly Rumball, Crowther Avenue, Brentford
  • Batriz Ruszka, The Blenheim Centre, Prince Regent Road, Hounslow
  • Abbas Saleh, Lucan House, Beldam Way, Hounslow
  • Lee Summers, Shakespeare Avenue, Feltham

Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow’s cabinet member for community protection, said: “Those who are fined should accept their error and pay their penalty. If they don’t we will not hesitate to take legal action and publically name them, as the courts allow us to do.

“Last year, more than £4m was spent keeping our streets clean. This could have been better spent protecting services like adult social care and looked after children.”

The following people appeared in court, put forward their defence but pleaded guilty:

  • Darren Willmot, Norman House, Saxon Avenue Feltham. Fined £30, costs of £30 and victim surcharge of £20. A Collection Order was made.
  • Mindaugas Smetona, Brookwood Road, Hounslow. Fined £85, costs of £100 and victim surcharge of £20. A collection order was made.
  • Paula Porter, Midsummer Avenue, Hounslow. Fined £60, costs of £200 and victim surcharge of £20.

Cllr Sampson added: “I hope that naming and shaming those who act in this way should be a deterrent to those who think this behaviour is acceptable.

“Turning a blind eye to those who drop litter is not something we, as a council, are prepared to do. We will do whatever it takes to reach our aim of a cleaner, greener borough.”