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Farmer who kept animals alongside rotting carcasses banned from keeping livestock for life

By Bethany Culbert

A farmer who kept livestock alongside rotting carcasses has been banned from keeping animals for life and given a suspended prison sentence for cruelty offences.

Decomposing carcasses of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry were discovered during an inspection of William Beacom's farm in Enniskillen.

Live cattle and pigs, which were starving, had been left in direct contact with the dead animals.

The farmer, with an address at Trasna Road, Aghragrane, had previously pleaded guilty to the charges before to sentencing at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday.

Beacom was sentenced to four months' imprisonment, suspended for three years, and was given a lifetime ban from keeping and owning farmed animals. He has lodged an appeal against the ban.

An inspection of his farm was carried out by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Veterinary Service staff following a complaint by a member of the public.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott, who knows the family, said: "I don't welcome animal cruelty in Fermanagh at all, however I appreciate the difficult circumstances of William's family.

"His mother is unwell and in and out of hospital at the moment, so I think it could be down to bad management.

"There is a difference between deliberate cruelty and a matter of circumstance."

Beacom is the third person to be given a jail sentence under new animal welfare legislation.

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