Killybegs-based trawler master charged with breaching fishing laws

A Killybegs-based trawler master was yesterday served with a book of evidence that means he has to appear at Donegal Circuit Court on charges of breaching fishing laws.

Donegal District Court was told the book of evidence was served on Michael Munnelly, of Riverdale Heights, Killybegs, by Sgt David Durkan earlier this morning.

Munnelly faces four counts linked to his vessel the Avro Hunter.

He is accused of failing to give sufficient notice to enter Haulbowline, Co. Cork, and land place, of landing monkfish in undesignated port,Verolme dockyard – also in County Cork – breaching cod quota regulations and failing to record a full catch of cod in the Avro Hunter log.

The offences were alleged to have occurred between July 20 and 27, 2007.

State solicitor Ciaran Liddy, for the Attorney General, said the book of evidence was prepared for the next sitting of the Circuit Court in Donegal town on December 13.

Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded Munnelly to the higher court and reminded him that if alibi evidence formed part of his defence he had 14 days to give notice to the prosecution.