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Sunday 20 April 2014

Hunters caught eight deer after dusk

Two Young men from Rathvilly who were found with eight deer, including two Sika deer, in their vehicle appeared before Baltinglass District Court.

Craig Kelly, Ballyoliver, Rathvilly and Christopher McCabe, Bough, Rathvilly pleaded guilty to hunting protected Sika deer at a time when hunting was prohibited at Ballinclea, Donard between 5.43 pm on November 9, 2010 and 3.30 am on November 10, 2010.

McCabe was also charged with using marked fuel oil on the same occasion.

Inspector Gerry Connolly said that when Kelly and McCabe were stopped at 3.30 am they were found to have eight deer including two Sika deer in the vehicle which they said they had shot earlier in the day.

The court heard that although it was hunting season and they had a permit to hunt and valid firearms certificates hunting of deer was forbidden after dusk.

The court heard both men had previous convictions.

Acting for both men solicitor Pat Reidy said at the time of the offence Kelly was 17 years old while McCabe was 19 years old. He said Kelly had recently lost his job having worked in a furniture shop. He said McCabe is also unemployed.

Judge David Kennedy said both men 'should be well aware of the hours' for hunting.

He fined both men €400 each and also fined McCabe €2,500 for using marked fuel oil.

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