(64 ), a small farmer from Bawnboy, on the Cavan/Fermanagh border.
he was committing an offence. He watched his father and grandfather do it for years. He handed over all paraphenalia, and didn try to conceal anything, said his solicitor, Ms Mary McAveety.
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you can sell cabbages in Cavan or mackerel in Mayo where I from any more. Everything licensed. Thing that were legal years ago no longer are, he sympathised with Martin as he fined him in costs and expenses.
not the taxman, he reminded the defendant to much amusement.
He also admitted to buying the anaesthetic a man with a van in the North which also raised a judicial eyebrow.
Martin used a traditional method of incising the scrotum under local anaesthetic, and tying off the blood supply to the dropped testes, until they fell off in about two weeks.
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Earlier the court heard how Martin had travelled to a small farm in Curraghboy, Co Roscommon on June 16, 2011 to carry out the castration, or gelding, of a number of horses for local farmer, Brian Ward.
Martin claimed his method was painless, and though the judge was cynical, he criticised the VCI for not bringing a qualified vet to challenge this under oath.
call it cutting, don you, when they can perform? asked the judge, and Martin nodded.
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A Black Converse High Tops Size 8 judge lamented the loss of traditions in Ireland today as he handed down the first conviction in the State this week (February 20 ) for the illegal gelding of a horse.
Martin took the stand and Judge Hughes quizzed him on when would be the optimum age, and why one would castrate a horse, and added: are people here who know a lot more about horses than me like television stars
The summons against him was brought by the Veterinary Council of Ireland, and was the first under 2005 legislation outlawing such practices by anyone not registered with the VCI.
to get an answer out of a Cavan man is not easy, he noted as he was met with some reticence.
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