June 22, 2024

Issues had been raised in court docket over the presence of animals on land belonging to a Letterkenny farmer who has been banned from holding animals for ten years.

The matter was raised at Letterkenny District Courtroom, the place Leslie Stewart was on account of be sentenced over a breach of a court docket order.

Stewart, a 75-year-old from The Thorn, Letterkenny, was banned from holding animals for ten years in September 2022 and any animals on his land had been to be seized.

He was additionally given a four-month suspended jail sentence when convicted of animal cruelty expenses that had been described as ‘disturbing’ and ‘horrendous’.

A court docket sitting earlier this 12 months heard how Stewart solely handed over a collie canine after six visits by an ISPCA inspector on the morning the matter was due in court docket.

His solicitor, Mr Kieran O’Gorman, mentioned his shopper was ‘admitting that it took a while to catch the canine’.

Nevertheless, Ms Helen Johnson BL, for the prosecution, which was introduced by the Division of Agriculture, Meals and the Marine, instructed the court docket {that a} additional subject has arisen within the case.

Ms Johnston mentioned that there have been cattle and sheep on the land when inspectors referred to as lately. Two horses had been additionally on the land.

When contacted by officers, an individual who has been leasing the land mentioned he had ‘nothing to do’ with a few of the animals famous on the inspection.

Decide Éiteáin Cunningham mentioned she was involved at coping with the matter in a piecemeal vogue.

“The court docket ought to have a look at the general state of affairs take care of this globally, it makes extra sense,” Decide Cunningham mentioned,

“The court docket has been very clear on the place and Mr Stewart has been given each likelihood to place affairs so as. It’s a most severe matter. Each effort ought to now be made to get the affairs so as.”

The matter was put again for 2 months to allow all work on disclosure to be carried out.

In September 2022, Stewart was convicted at Letterkenny District Courtroom after officers discovered animals in varied states of misery because of Stewart’s cruelty. These offences dated between Could, 2019 and April, 2021.

Carcasses of useless sheep had been discovered on his lands with canines close by. Stewart was additionally charged with keepings pigs in a trailer with out sufficient water, holding canines in a van with out water and holding poultry in a small locked trailer with out water.

Stewart beforehand obtained a suspended jail sentence and was banned from holding animals for 2 years in 2016 for ravenous animals on his farm. Then, ISPCA officers discovered horses and donkeys ravenous with a few of the animals having to be put down.

Banned Letterkenny farmer again in court docket over animal fears was final modified: September eighth, 2023 by Workers Author