Antrim farmer Steele to stand trial over 18 charges of animal cruelty
A judge has ordered a Glenavy farmer to stand trial accused of causing suffering to livestock.
Standing in the dock at Antrim Magistrates' Court, James Steele (47), confirmed he was aware of the 18 charges against him.
Steele, from the Gobrana Road, faces 12 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to cows, sheep and a calf, three counts of failing to hold an animal carcass and three charges of failing to comply with animal by-product regulations, on dates between September 17, 2015 and January 9 last year.
No facts giving rise to the allegations were opened in court, but a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a case against Steele based on the papers before the court, a submission which defence solicitor Andrew Kinney conceded.
Released on his own bail of £500, Steel was ordered to appear before Antrim Crown Court on March 7 for his arraignment.