A WREXHAM man has been jailed and disqualified from keeping animals for 20 years following the death of two calves.

Derek Lee Adamson, of Pont Wen, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday.

The 40-year-old was found guilty of numerous charges, including three of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal as well as:

-Failing to care appropriately for ill or injured farmed animals without delay

-Failing to isolate sick or injured farmed animals in suitable accommodation

-Failing to feed a wholesome diet to farmed animals

-Failing to ensure farmed animals have access to suitable fresh water supply

-Failing to inspect housed calves twice daily to check state of well-being

-Failing to clean / disinfect housing / stall / pen / equipment used for calves

-Failing to provide calves with appropriate bedding

-Failing to notify the secretary of state of the death of an animal and enter details in an animal passport.

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The court decided the offence was so serious - due to "ill treatment in (a) commercial context resulting in death of two young calves" - that a custodial sentence was justified.

He received two consecutive sentences of 24 weeks for the first of the two causing unnecessary suffering offences, making a total jail term of 48 weeks.

For each of the other charges, he received a 10 week concurrent sentence.

The court ordered him to pay costs of £2,334, a victim surcharge of £128.

He was also disqualified from keeping any animals for a period of 20 years.

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