10 November 2015

 

A local famer who failed to protect his animals from unnecessary suffering has been successfully prosecuted by Sheffield City Council.

Stephen Walker, aged 64, of Midhurst Road in Sheffield had pleaded not guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court to eight offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

But following a trial he was found guilty on Monday, 12 October 2015 of six of the offences, relating to the treatment of sheep, goats and hens.

Walker was sentenced in court on Monday, 9 November 2015. The Court banned him from keeping cattle, goats, pigs, hens, geese and ducks. Walker may apply to have the order lifted after no less than two years.

Walker was also given a conditional discharge on each of the offences which means they will be considered by the courts if he commits a similar offence in the future. He was ordered to pay £1,600 towards the council’s costs. A victim surcharge of £15 was also imposed.

Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment and transport at Sheffield City Council, said: “We have been pursuing this case for some time to make sure Walker is no longer able to keep farm animals and mistreat them in the way he has been doing. We sought firm action in court and are pleased this has been granted.

“Our team works hard to make sure people meet their obligations to keep animals in a safe, acceptable and legal way. We will take action on those that break the rules.”