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Cattle dealer's prison term upheld

A Co Antrim cattle dealer who was jailed last November for two months and fined £5,000 when he admitted a charge of causing cruelty to a bull, has lost his appeal to have the sentence suspended.

Father of four Gregory Boyd (45) from Main Street in Rasharkin, had two previous convictions under animal welfare legislation. A prosecution solicitor told appeal Judge Philip Babington at the crown court in Derry that on July 7, 2011, staff at the Foyle Meats abattoir found the bull on its side unable to stand and with multiple injuries after it had been transported to the premises by Boyd.

Barrister Nicola Rountree for the appellant said Boyd believed the bull fell on to its side after he had to brake sharply during the journey from Rasharkin to Derry.

Judge Babington said he had grave doubts about Boyd's explanation and upheld the sentence. He reduced the fine to £3,500.

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