28 January 1999
Cruelty brings third jail term

A WELSH farmer has been given his third jail term for cruelty to animals.

William Jones of Hafod y Bryn, Bwlchgwyn, near Wrexham, was already banned from keeping livestock until 2011 when RSPCA inspectors checked the condition of 68 sheep grazing rented land at a water treatment works.

At an earlier hearing, South East Cheshire Magistrates Court was told that 20 of the sheep, owned by Mr Jones and his partner, Elaine Smith, were in severe pain from footrot. The two were convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to 15 of the animals.

On Monday, after reading reports, magistrate David Gostling sentenced Mr Jones to four months imprisonment.

Ms Smith was given 60 hours community service and ordered to pay £200 costs. She was also banned from keeping sheep for two years, but was given the right to apply to have the sanction lifted after one year if she took courses to improve her knowledge of sheep care.

The court heard that Mr Jones was jailed for cruelty to farm livestock in 1993 and 1996.