A TEENAGER facing charges of illegal deer hunting and animal cruelty will have some of the charges against him heard in the circuit court after a judge said they were too serious to be heard in the district court.
Glen Carney (19), of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, is charged with cruelty to deer under the Animal Health and Welfare Act by using lamps and dogs.
He is also facing two charges of illegal deer hunting during prohibited hours and with lamps under the Wildlife Act.
The accused appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at Naas District Court yesterday.
It was indicated by Mr Carney's barrister that he would plead not guilty to the charges, but Judge Mitchell said the charge of cruelty would have to be heard by a higher court.
"I am refusing jurisdiction as it is a matter of some seriousness," he said.
Mr Carney, wearing a grey tracksuit with blue markings on the top, was remanded on continuing bail to appear again at Naas District Court on April 22.
At that sitting the charge under the Animal Health and Welfare Act will be processed to go forward to the circuit court.
A plea will also be heard on the Wildlife Act charges.
Gda Insp Ger Egan told the judge that the investigation in the case was initiated under the highly successful and ongoing Operation Bambi targeting deer poaching.
He said gardai working under Operation Bambi had found Facebook images linked to Mr Carney which led to his arrest.
Conviction on indictment under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 carries fines of up to €2,500 or a prison term not exceeding five years, or both.