Northern Ireland

Judge 'considering jail' for animal cruelty charge farmer

A district judge has told a farmer he's considering jailing him for causing cruelty to an animal.

The defendant, Gregory Boyd, 44, from Main Street, Rasharkin, has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a bull as it was being transported to an abattoir on 7 July 2011.

Last month the defendant's father, Samuel Boyd, a cattle dealer, was fined £750 after he admitted a charge of committing an act of cruelty to the same bull on the same date.

Due the nature of the injuries sustained the bull had to be humanely destroyed.

Gregory Boyd's sentencing had been adjourned from last month because he has several relevant previous convictions.

However the sentencing was adjourned until next month, when the court was told the defendant had failed to contact the probation service for a pre-sentence report.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he was considering jailing Boyd, who he said did not seem to care for animals under his control.

Sentencing will now take place on 16 November.