Thursday 22 March 2018

Spell in the pen for Cork sheep rustler

A BALLYVOURNEY man who stole sheep from a Kerry farmer is currently spending 20 days behind bars for the offence.

Michael Folan, Kippagh, Ballyvourney, was charged with the theft of 17 sheep from Pat Scannell, Gortalee, Clonkeen on May 22, 2012.

A previous court had heard how Mr Scannell had gone to the mart to see if an attempt was being made to sell his stolen sheep. The search proved fruitful as one of his lambs recognised its rightful owner and ran towards him. The remainder of the sheep were then spotted.

Mr Folan had received a conviction and a three-month sentence in Macroom District Court in April for a similar offence of stealing 20 sheep, which is under appeal.

At Kenmare District Court on Friday, Mr Folan came with his bags packed and was taken into custody to appear again at Killorglin District Court this Thursday when he will be further remanded for a period of two weeks.

Solicitor Eoin Brosnan said his client had met the case fairly and brought a further €300 with him for the court poor box.

Judge James O'Connor said the offence left farmers ill at ease. "If people can't leave their sheep walk away without someone coming stealing them there's something wrong," he said.

Mr Folan agreed to be taken into custody and a figure of €750 remains to be donated to the court poor box.