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22/09/2021

47-year-old man admits causing unnecessary suffering to pigs after appearing at Derry Crown Court this morning

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A barrister for the Public Prosecution Service told Derry Crown Court today that it would be seeking to have a lifetime ban imposed on a man preventing him from ever keeping animals again. The prosecutor made the comment in the case of a 47-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to pigs. The defendant, Michael Agnew, from Ballynease Road in Ballymena, was due to have gone on trial before Judge Philip Babington on the two charges he'd originally denied. However when he was re-arraigned today he pleaded guilty to both charges. Agnew was released on continuing bail until he's sentenced for the offences on October 17. J Judge Babington also ordered a pre-sentence report for that date.

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