Milltown man is convicted of obstructing the work of Fishery Officers

A Milltown man has been convicted of obstructing the work of fishery officers. Gerry Clifford with an address at the Cliff, Callanafersy, Milltown was fined 700 euro and given a suspended prison sentence by Judge Terrence Finn at Killorglin District Court. Giving evidence in court in Killorglin South Western Regional Fisheries Board Officer Martin Ring described how he and Fishery Inspector James Marony travelled at night to the Laune Estuary on the 15th of June last year.Their trip followed reports of poaching. There they came across Gerry Clifford who, according to evidence given, caught Ring by the collar and took a swipe at Marony. Martin Ring told the court that Clifford said he knew people who would get them and that they were finished in the area. Judge Terrence Finn convicted the accused on 2 counts of obstructing the work of a fishery officer. Gerry Clifford was fined 300 euro and given a one month suspended prison sentence for obstructing James Marony and was fined 400 euro and given a 2 month suspended sentence for obstructing Martin Ring.