A KIRCUBBIN man who dropped a cigarette on the ground initially apologised to a Council officer who spotted him but when told he would have to pay a fixed penalty of £80 he "became rather angry" and began to swear, a prosecutor told Newtownards Magistrates Court.
Thomas Windrum (39), of Shore Road, had the offence detected on Sunday March 21 this year.
He had not paid the fixed penalty ticket but when he appeared in person at court he admitted the offence.
The court heard as well as having to pay a fine there would be other costs associated with bringing the case in front of a judge of £210.
District Judge Amanda Brady said that would mean the defendant would have to pay around £300 for dropping a cigarette which she didn't think was "proportionate".
She told the defendant she was not fining him any more than the fixed penalty and gave him a £60 fine whilst saying she had to add a £15 offender levy as the case had come to court "but I am not ordering any costs against you".
Before the defendant left the court he wished the judge "Merry Christmas" and she replied: "Thank you, same to you".