Farmer fined €2,500 for filling jeep with green diesel

October 6, 2016

COURTS: A farmer who had illegal oil detected in his engine has been hit with a fine of €2,500.

Matthew Gamble, of 19 Meadowhill, Raphoe appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

Custom officials were carrying out detections on September 11th, 2015 at Carrickwest, Laghey – when they found illegal oil in the defendants Land Rover jeep.

When quizzed by officials, Mr Gamble said, “A fella from Northern Ireland got a lend off it, and he must have filled her with green.

“I didn’t know he did that, I would never have filled her with green, as it’s too big a chance to take driving about the road.”

Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said, “My client is a small farmer, and genuinely wasn’t aware that his friend had filled his jeep with illegal fuel.

“However, he accepts full responsibility that the offence lies with him.”

Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Gamble €2,500 and gave him six months to pay.