Grey­hound case is ‘se­ri­ous stuff’

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

JU­RIS­DIC­TION has been re­fused by the dis­trict court in a pros­e­cu­tion brought by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food & The Marine, against two south Louth men.

It arose out of an in­spec­tion by of­fi­cials of a grey­hound ken­nels on 11 Fe­bru­ary, 2016.

Michael Kelly, Chapel Road, Clogher­head, en­tered a plea of guilty to a charge of ob­struc­tion of a vet.

A guilty plea was made on be­half of Craig Kelly, of the same ad­dress, who was not pre­sent, to hav­ing two unau­tho­rised an­i­mal reme­dies at his ken­nels, which could be ad­min­is­tered to greyhounds.

Coun­sel for the depart­ment said the de­fen­dants agreed to dis­charge the costs of the pros­e­cu­tion by 25 Jan­uary, 2019.

How­ever, Judge Cough­lan told the pros­e­cu­tion he was ‘very un­happy’ with its pre­sen­ta­tion of the case.

‘I’m not ac­cept­ing ju­ris­dic­tion, it’s as sim­ple as that. This is very se­ri­ous stuff that strikes at the very heart of the grey­hound in­dus­try,’ the judge re­marked.

He ad­journed the case to 25 Jan­uary.

He noted the pleas of guilty but ad­vised de­fence so­lic­i­tor Paddy Good­win that he could re­vise those pleas.

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