Sheep thief rustled by lamb’s love for owner

A sheep thief was caught red handed at a mart in Kerry after a lamb he was trying to sell spotted his owner in the crowd and ran to him.

Sheep thief rustled by  lamb’s love  for owner

The lamb’s owner, Pat Scanlon, had gone to the mart to see if an attempt was being made to sell sheep stolen from a field in Clonkeen, Co Kerry, the previous day. Once the lamb ran to him, he spotted the rest of his sheep.

At Kenmare District Court last Friday, Michael Folan, aged 32, of Kippagh, Ballyvourney, pleaded guilty to the theft of 17 sheep valued at €1,600 on May 22 last year. The animals were rightfully the property of Pat Scannell from Gortalee in Clonkeen.

Eoin Brosnan, for Folan, said his client put the theft down to greed as he needed the money.

Judge James O’Connor described Folan’s actions as “really nasty” and sentenced him to 28 days in prison.

The court also heard that Folan had received a conviction and a three-month sentence in Macroom District Court in April for a similar offence. This is currently under appeal. He was found guilty of stealing 20 sheep worth €2,500. Compensation had been paid to the injured party in that case.

Folan, who has a 10-month-old child and another due in September, told Judge O’Connor he planned to appeal any sentence handed down as he had to care for his mother, who was in the final stages of multiple sclerosis.

Judge O’Connor sentenced him to 28 days in jail but adjourned imposing the prison term for one month.

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