A man who was convicted of stealing money and cattle feed from his neighbour last month appeared back before Longford District Court last week having failed to comply with the orders of the court.
James Casey (47), Lismacmanus, Lanesboro, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes convicted of trespassing at the home of James Mullooly at Gurteegan, Lanesboro and stealing milk replacer on May 15, 2016.
He was also further convicted of allowing his cattle to wander on the road at Fermoyle, Lanesboro on June 1 last; stealing seven bags of animal feed from a meal bin at Gurteegan, Lanesboro on May 8, 2016 and driving without insurance at Gurteegan, Lanesboro on May 22, 2016.
Following Judge Hughes’s deliberations on the last occasion, Mr Casey was ordered to get his cattle tested; get tags; have a BVD test carried out and reduce his stock to 10 animals.
Mr Sweeney from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine indicated to the court that he would ensure that all orders were followed, however he appeared back in front of Judge Hughes last week to tell him that none of the matters had been dealt with thus far.
“The matter is being re-entered,” Mr Sweeney told the Court, “Because Mr Casey has not complied with anything on the order that was served on March 13 last”.
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Fiona Baxter said that the matters had arisen because her client’s cattle crush was not suitable for the animals and the test that had been scheduled was cancelled as a result.
Mr Sweeney, however, then indicated to the court that another test was in the pipeline.
Judge Hughes subsequently ordered Mr Casey to comply with the conditions as per the last sitting and said the Lanesboro native would be in big trouble if he failed to do as he was told.