19 May 1999
Case against live exporter adjourned
By FWi staff
A PRIVATE prosecution brought against a live animal export company has been adjourned after one of the magistrates said he knew one of the prosecution.
Malcolm Conyers, a merchant navy captain with 15 years experience, was bringing the prosecution against Brindie Ltd, the company bought last year by Farmers Ferry.
Mr Conyers alleges that Brindie caused a cargo of sheep to suffer unnecessarily on a sailing between Dover and Dunkirk on 19 January, 1998.
He claims that the company breached the Welfare of Animals During Transport Order by sailing in gale force winds and rough seas.
But the case was adjourned after one of the magistrates sitting at Ashford Magistrates Court on Monday (17 May) revealed that Mr Conyers was a family friend.
The case will now be heard at Folkestone Magistrates Court on 12-14 July.