Northern Ireland

Co Fermanagh man in court on animal cruelty charges

A CO Fermanagh man has appeared in court in relation to a major PSNI swoop into animal cruelty involving badgers and cats.

Jason Lee Kennedy (34) from Ross Road, Enniskillen faces a total of 36 charges comprising six counts each of causing unnecessary suffering to animals; causing or attempting to cause animal fights; being present at animal fights and possessing images or videos of animal fights.

There are also four counts each of supplying images of animal fights, killing or injuring wild animals and possessing wild animals.

Offending is alleged to have occurred on both 28 June and 4 July 2022.

Causing unnecessary suffering relates to three counts each of badgers and cats.

The charges state he intentionally killed a badger and the counts of intentionally injuring also relates to badgers.

Finally, he was alleged to have been in possession of three live badgers and one dead.

A police officer aware of the facts of the case told Enniskillen Magistrates Court all charges could be connected.

While no further details surrounding the circumstances of the case were disclosed during the short hearing, police at the time of confirmed Kennedy was arrested in the Derrylin area of Fermanagh on March 7, when a number of dogs were also seized as part of the investigation.

District Judge Alana McSorley remanded Kennedy on continuing bail and ordered him not to have possession of any animal, nor attend any hunting-related activities and must sign with police four days per week.