Man in court today over horse shooting incident

A man in his 30s was brought before Mallow District Court this morning at 10:30am, charged in connection with a shooting incident that took place last Sunday, September 10, in Newmarket, Co. Cork.

The man allegedly shot five horses and two dogs in the incident, according to the Irish Times, and was arrested by armed members of An Garda Siochana on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Gardai, early on Sunday morning – at approximately 2:30am – members of the force were called to a house in the Newmarket area of Co. Cork following reports of a dispute.

No one was injured and the suspect left the scene in a black Toyota Corolla saloon car with a 131-C registration.

The Gardai launched a search for the man and the car before apprehending the suspect in a house in Meelin, the Irish Times reports.

The man was detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. The dead animals are believed to have been owned by a relative of the suspect.

Gardai reportedly recovered two firearms – a rifle and a shotgun – which were both legally held.

Farm robbery

In another incident of rural crime, a farm in Co. Kildare was robbed last week with thieves making off with various machinery.

The farm, situated in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare was robbed last Wednesday night / Thursday morning (September 6/7).

Driving from the road through an unused gate, the criminals avoided the farm’s electric gates.

The thieves loaded a red quad and a yellow Hustler lawnmower into a green Ifor Williams 505 horsebox, before leaving the farm in the same manner.

The Hustler grass mower is a model Super Z 54 – Diesel, while the quad bike in question is a Honda Foreman Hydrostatic 500cc.

The owner, Gary Swift, has appealed for information – offering a cash reward for info leading to the recovery of his property. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilcullen Garda Station, Co. Kildare on: 045-481212.

Swift has advised farmers to secure all farm gates leading to machinery at night. According to An Garda Siochana, no arrests have been made yet and investigations are ongoing.