Man pleads guilty to 196 charges after birds found in small cages

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    A man has been fined after pleading guilty to 196 charges, all of which were related to the possession of 98 bullfinches.

    According to the Agriculture Ministry, the birds were found in two undersized metal cages in the back seat of a motor vehicle.

    Jemol Butler was stopped during a search by police along the South Central Main Road in Point Fortin and subsequently charged by Game Warden I, Parvesh Jokhan.

    The Ministry says the cages measured 16” x 16” x 23.5”, with a cubical content of 3.48 cubic feet, and designed to house only nine birds each.

    The charges were:

    • 98 counts of keeping caged birds in undersized cages – fined $500 or 10 days simple imprisonment on each count
    • 98 counts of possession of caged birds without a permit – fined $1000 or 15 days simple imprisonment on each count

    He appeared before Point Fortin Senior Magistrate Alicia Chanka and was fined $147,000 or 2,450 days simple imprisonment.