Man acquitted of handling stolen pigs

A man has been acquitted of handling 1,182 stolen pigs following a direction by the judge that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the trial.

After hearing the prosecution case at Mullingar Circuit Court, Judge Terence O' Sullivan acquitted Patrick Nannery (33) telling him that he was leaving court with no stain on his character.

Mr Nannery had been charged with handling the pigs at his address, Ballybrien, Granard, Co Longford on a date between January 2012 and January 2013.

When charged Mr Nannery told Gardai that he didn't know the animals were stolen and wouldn't have bought them if they had been.

The court concluded there was no evidence Mr Nannery was aware the pigs had been stolen or that he'd paid anything other than market value for them.

Judge O'Sullivan said there was no evidence of any impropriety on Mr Nannery's part.

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