Man in court over shooting protected stag

Tuesday 17 September 2013 17.55
The red deer is a protected species and the hunting of them is banned in Kerry
The red deer is a protected species and the hunting of them is banned in Kerry

A 37-year-old man has been given two months to pay €3,250 after he pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the shooting of a protected red deer and cutting the animal's body in half.

Richard Cullinane of Lisnacon, Kanturk, Co Cork, was traced after he brought the front quarters of the deer to a taxidermist to be mounted as a hunting trophy.

He dumped the hind quarters in a field where he shot the deer.

At Killarney District Court, Mr Cullinane was ordered to pay €750 to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

He also offered to pay €2,500 to the court poor box.

Judge James O'Connor said if the money was paid by 19 November he would finalise the case by way of a conviction and fine.

State Solicitor Ed O'Sullivan had earlier said the maximum penalty on conviction was a fine of €635 and/or three months in jail on each charge.

Mr Cullinane was charged with hunting and shooting the red deer stag at Loo Bridge, Glenflesk, Co Kerry, on 7 November 2011.