Farmer jailed over false ear tags and illegal movement of cattle
A farmer was sentenced yesterday for six months in Monaghan District Court.
The 40-years-old Monaghan farmer, William Cranston of Skerrymore, Drumacrib, was sentenced to six months imprisonment at a special sitting of the District Court in Monaghan town.
He was convicted on 13 charges relating to the alleged illegal importation of livestock, contrary to Department of Agriculture Food and Farm regulations between May 1 and December 30, 2014.
The case was taken by the Minister and the charges also related to the possession of false ear-tags and the illegal exportation of animals.
One of the charges was in respect of an alleged failure by Cranston to notify the Minister of the movement of livestock along the Monaghan/Armagh border.
Judge Deirdre Gearty was told that Cranston was previously convicted for having a quantity of an illicit livestock fattening drug on his farm.
Sentences in respect of each of the charges were imposed to run concurrently, from three to six-month terms of imprisonment.