Tyrone Martin (34) of Kilvergan Road, Lurgan was today convicted at Craigavon Magistrates' Court of two charges of forgery and one charge of providing false or misleading information. He pleaded guilty and was fined £350 plus £15 costs.
The case arose from a herd keeper complaining to DAERA that animals he sold to Mr Martin were not taken directly to slaughter as agreed, but instead, Mr Martin’s took them to his farm premises.
Officers from DAERA’s Welfare and Enforcement Branch carried out an inspection of Mr Martin’s holding and a follow-up investigation.
Mr Martin admitted that he altered cattle movement documents and forged other farmer’s signatures on pen cards in an abattoir.
Notes to editors:
- Mr Martin was convicted on two charges of, forging an instrument namely a pen docket, contrary to Section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.
- Mr Martin was convicted of one charge of, furnishing any person acting in the execution of their duties under the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, information which he knew to be false or misleading, contrary to Regulation 13(1)(c) of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 1999.
- Breaches of the Cattle Identification Regulations weaken and undermine the cattle traceability system in Northern Ireland, including the integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
- The current interest in food safety by both Government and consumer groups means it is essential that the Department is clearly seen to be implementing all legislation pertaining to the traceability of livestock.
- Cattle movements, notified to the Department, are recorded on to the APHIS database. The provision, within statutory limits or upon request, of complete and timely information concerning cattle in the herd, to the Department, is fundamental to the credibility and integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
- The current interest in food safety by both Government and consumer groups means it is essential that the Department is clearly seen to be implementing all legislation pertaining to the traceability of sheep and all other livestock.
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