21 November 1997

Farmer jailed and banned

A FARMER in Cornwall has been jailed for six months for causing unnecessary suffering and pain to sheep.

Roger Baker of Beacon, near Camborne, was also banned for life from keeping sheep.

He lost his appeal at Truro Crown Court against the sentences imposed by Truro magistrates in August in a case, brought by Cornwall County Council, where he was found guilty of 21 charges of causing unnecessary suffering, one charge of causing unnecessary pain, 12 offences relating to carcass disposal, and one of transporting an unfit animal.

In a separate case, another of the countys farmers was fined a total of £25,329 and banned from keeping cattle for five years after being found guilty of a catalogue of offences including cruelty to calves, failure to dispose of carcasses, and failure to carry out a TB test. Truro magistrates fined Michael Whitford of Zelah £20,000, with £5329 costs.