Animal cruelty farmer bailed before sentencing

Published date: 23 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE sentencing of a Chester farmer who pleaded guilty to a string of charges relating to animal cruelty will take place next month.

Award-winning James Gordon Stratton, 49, pleaded guilty to four breaches of Animal By-Product Regulations, six breaches of the Animal Welfare Act, including causing unnecessary suffering to cattle, and 10 breaches of Cattle Identification Regulations, including failing to register animals and switching identification ear tags, when he appeared at West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in October.

He had been due to be sentenced at Chester Crown Court last week, but it was postponed so a pre-sentence report could be prepared by the defence.

The charges against Stratton, who lives at nearby Churton Heath Farm, Chapel Lane, came about after a raid on Cold Harbour Farm, on Platts Lane, Hatton Heath, earlier this year, where Animal Welfare officers, acting on a tip-off, made the discovery of bovine skeletons and rotting cattle carcasses.

Stratton was granted unconditional bail and will appear before the court for sentencing on Friday, January 17.

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