Belfast Telegraph

Trial over badger baiting hits fresh delay

By Rebecca Black

The trial of five men charged in connection with an alleged badger baiting incident is not expected to take place until next year, Newtownards Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Chris Kirkwood (22) and Ryan Kirkwood (21) from Belfast, 40-year-old Darren Millar from Belfast, Graham Officer (42) from Donaghadee and Edward Edens (22) from Belfast have been charged with interfering with a badger sett, unlawfully digging for badgers, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in relation to a terrier dog and abandoning an animal.

Ryan Kirkwood has additionally been charged with resisting police. Several of these charges may not proceed as they are currently being appealed because they are not valid under current Northern Ireland law. The men were initially charged in April 2012, and appeared before the court on several occasions last summer.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on February 24, 2012.

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