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Jailed waste operator has home sold to fund compensation

The operator of an illegal waste site who was jailed in May has lost his home to compensate the landowners and to meet Environment Agency (EA) costs.

Robert Murphy, 48, of Burton-upon-Trent, went to prison for depositing, storing and burning large quantities of mixed waste on land he did not own and without an environmental permit.

During a 15-month period from January 2013 to June 2014, Murphy used the land for his illegal operations. The court was told the site, which belonged to a vulnerable couple, was left “a complete ruin”.

Murphy case EA pic

A judge at Stafford Crown Court has now ordered that the couple be paid £20,793.60 towards the clean-up costs. If this is not done by 11 September, Murphy will face an additional 12 months in prison. 

The judge also ordered that £10,000 should go to the EA to meet some of the investigation and prosecution costs.

The legal move came under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The total sum of more than £30,000 will be met from the proceeds of sale of Murphy’s house. 

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