£60k award for racing pigeons killed by hunt's dogs contested
An award of more than £60,000 to a pigeon fancier for the slaughter of his stock by hunt club hounds should be overturned due to issues of credibility, the Court of Appeal has heard.
Lawyers for the Countryside Alliance are challenging a ruling that the dogs destroyed 59 of Maurice Weir's racing birds after breaking into his premises in Loughgall, Co Armagh, eight years ago.
Counsel for Mr Weir claimed the huntsmen were negligent in failing to control their dogs.
In February last year a High Court judge awarded Mr Weir £59,580 in damages, with a further £2,500 for distress.
But in an appeal before three senior judges in Belfast, counsel for the Alliance argued again that the hunt's dogs were never on the premises. David Ringland QC questioned the consistency of the plaintiff's account.
The hearing continues.