Athy man banned from keeping horses for one year

A man who was before Athy District Court for allowing a horse to roam a residential area was banned from keeping horses for one year and fined E300.

A man who was before Athy District Court for allowing a horse to roam a residential area was banned from keeping horses for one year and fined E300.

The horse of Edward Carthy, who had an address listed Ardrew Halting Site, Athy, was found roaming the residental area of Corran Ard, Athy on February, 9, 2012.

The defendant, who was described as a settled traveller in court, had tied the horse to a field which was ‘not gated’. Two horses, one heavily pregnant and one with a rope around it’s neck, were found on the loose. The court heard that the defendent went to the garda station the following day to say he had two horses missing.

The solictor for the defendant, Frank Taffe, said that he only had one missing horse and that it was the one found with the rope around it’s neck. He appealed to Judge Desmond Zaidan not to ban his client from keeping horses. The court heard that defendant, who has 14 previous convictions, has 12 children and is currently on social welfare.

“He is a settled traveller,” he said. “It would be very unfair to ban him from holding any horses.”

Judge Desmond Zaidan said the defendant should have ‘put the horse in the bedroom or some where’.

“Why put it in someone elses field?” he said. “I’m going to ban him for one year - you put the horse at risk - you have to have proper facilites.”

He was given 60 days to pay the fine.