Former Tyrone footballer faces badger baiting charge

Gerard Cavlan
Gerard Cavlan

DUNGANNON man and former Tyrone GAA star, Gerard Cavlan, has appeared before the local Magistrates Court on a charge of interfering with a badger sett.

The 38 year-old, from Willows Gardens, appeared alongside Shane Loughran, 33, of Clonmeen Cottages, also Dungannon.

The men are accused of intentionally or recklessly obstructing access to a badger sett contrary to the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

Cavlan won an All Ireland medal with Tyrone in 2003.

Although only minimal details of the allegation were conveyed to Dungannon Magistrates Court, a prosecution lawyer said police were called to an incident of suspected badger-baiting on the Caledon Estate on August 29 last year.

A defence barrister said he was aware the prosecution had engaged an expert to provide evidence and he required time to study this, requesting a four week adjournment.

However, District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case for two weeks until April 23 when a contest date is to be fixed.