Clonmel Man Fined €2400 For Offences Including Assaulting Fisheries Officers

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A Clonmel man has been fined €2400 in respect of charges involving a variety of offices.

Mr Craig Brew was convicted by Judge Marian O’Leary at Cork District Court on Wednesday, 21 st of April 2021 on five charges including assaulting Fisheries Officers. Officers of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI ) had observed Mr Brew fishing in a prohibited area known as the ‘Flush’ at the face of the ESB Inniscarra Dam on the 23 rd of May 2020.

Mr Brew was fined €500 for illegal entry upon the private fishery, €400 for obstructing the Fisheries Officers, €500 for assault and €300 for not having a Salmon Rod Ordinary Licence. Judge O’Leary fined the defendant €300 for using a vehicle to aid the commission of an offence and also considered an ancillary disqualification for the use of the vehicle. Costs of €400 were awarded to IFI and an order for forfeiture of the fishing rods used was granted.

Evidence was heard that Mr Brew, who had travelled from Tipperary to Cork during the Covid-19 lockdown, had refused to cooperate and violently threatened and resisted the Fisheries Officers before Gardai Siochana arrived to assist.