A Longford man appeared before Mullingar court last Thursday, charged with having handled stolen pigs, which the court was told, were, allegedly, taken from a farm at Killucan.
Patrick Nannery, Ballybrien, Granard, aged 32, is alleged to have committed the offence between January 1 of last year and January 8 of this year.
Garda John Gerard Daly, gave evidence of arresting the defendant, and said that when charged, Mr Nannery said: “I didn’t know they were stolen, or I wouldn’t have had them.”
The court heard that the DPP has indicated that the case should go forward on indictment, and the case was adjourned to March 14, 2014 for preparation of the book of evidence.
Garda Daly told Judge Seamus Hughes that in total 1,182 pigs were stolen between January 2012 and January 2013.
“How could that happen?” asked Judge Hughes.
Garda Daly responded that it would be alleged that an employee – not the present defendant – had stolen the pigs from the Hyde Park pig farm in Killucan.
Again in response to a query from the judge, Garda Daly said the pigs were a combination of bonhams and pigs.
At any one time, Garda Daly continued, there would be 8,500 pigs on that farm, “and these pigs were taken over that time by an employee, and allegedly sold on to the defendant.”
Garda Daly said that the value of the pigs was quantified by Teagasc at €176,000, and that he believed they had been sold for “anything between €70,000 and €80,000”, and were then sold on to a pig wholesaler in Offaly, and to other pig processors.
Tom Madden, solicitor, Longford,
appeared for the defendant.