Animal cruelty case adjourned

A MAN who admitted animal cruelty and to permitting carcases to remain unburied had his case adjourned at Kilkenny Court.

A MAN who admitted animal cruelty and to permitting carcases to remain unburied had his case adjourned at Kilkenny Court.

Simon O’Dwyer, Garrue, Knockmoylan admitted the offences at Mullinbeg, Piltown; Hugginstown and Garrue, Knockmoylan on various dates between January and December 2009.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan informed the court that his client had previously pleaded guilty to the offences and had been living outside the jurisdiction for some time.

“His father was the principal person in charge of the farm. There is psychiatric evidence that the defendant was an immature man at the time and was suffering from the bereavement of his mother. His role was by far the lesser.”

Mr Lanigan added that his client’s role was by far the lesser and added that there was a ‘very good report from his employer in Wales’. “He has shown to be highly reliable and exceptionally conscientious in relation to animal welfare and is working for a stud farm in Wales,” he added.

Judge Eamon O’Brien adjourned the case to May 7 to allow him time to read reports and for garda evidence.