Speaker of the House of Representatives and South Trelawny Member of Parliament, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert has been charged with a breach of the Solid Waste Management Act.

The charge of ‘illegal dumping’ came after an individual emerged from a vehicle in which Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert was a passenger and was seen dumping garbage in an area in Salem in St. Ann where there’s reportedly a garbage pile up.

The vehicle was approached by Police personnel. 

Dalrymple-Philibert reportedly indicated to the Police that she was of the view that the area was a disposal site which was frequented by trucks from the National Solid Waste Management Authority, (NSWMA).

However, a Policeman reportedly told the House Speaker that dumping garbage at the location is precluded and pointed to a sign which was allegedly covered by shrubs.

Dalrymple-Philibert was instructed to turn up at a Police Station in St. Ann where she was charged for illegal dumping.

She denies the allegation.

Dalrymple-Philibert was given station bail.

The charge has raised eyebrows among some stakeholders who note that such an alleged offence would ordinarily be treated as a ticketable infringement.

It’s understood that a male family member of Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert and her gardener were also similarly charged with illegal dumping.

Calls placed to Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert were not answered.