Mr Flaherty leaves Donegal Circuit Court. Pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph

Mr Flaherty leaves Donegal Circuit Court. Pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph

BREAKING NEWS: TWO Donegal fisherman have admitted to failing to accurately record their catches.

Greencastle men Brendan Gill and Michael Cavanagh had been due to face a three week trial before a jury at Donegal Town Circuit Court.

However they pleaded guilty this afternoon to one charge each, Gill’s offence taking place in September 2004 at Killybegs, whilst Cavanagh’s offence took place in October the same year, also in Killybegs.

Earlier a jury at the same court found 64-year-old Galway skipper Sean Flaherty guilty of two similar offences in November 2003.

The jury found him not guilty of a third alleged offence and failed to reach a verdict on a fourth charge.

Mr Flaherty was originally have alleged to have landed an extra 187 tonnes of herring at Killybegs which he failed to record properly. The total money made on the catches he was found guilty of totalled less than €5,000.

The two Donegal skippers will be sentenced tomorrow.

Mr Flaherty is being sentenced this afternoon.

 


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