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#ANGLING - A man narrowly escaped prison for obstructing a fisheries officer in a case taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) at Carrickmacross District Court earlier this month.
Piotr Flaga - of Bog Road in Drogheda - was fined €450 by Judge Sean McBride after he was found to have set lines at a lake in Carrickmacross on 18 and 19 August last with the intention of taking coarse fish illegally.
The court heard that when apprehended by Assistant Inspector Ronan O’Brien, Flaga refused to co-operate and would not give his name and address. He then obstructed Asst Insp O’Brien by moving his vehicle towards him in a bid to escape when questioned.
Gardai were called to the scene and subsequently Flaga was issued with two summons.
Flaga entered a guilty plea and was convicted under Sections 301 and 308 of the 1959 Fisheries Act. He was further charged for breach of byelaw 595 of 1977 in relation to fishing in fresh water for coarse fish by means other than rod and line.
The defendant was fined a total of €450 with five months to pay with 14 days imprisonment in default. Some €500 in costs were also awarded to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Judge MacBride acknowledged Flaga's public apology to Asst Insp O'Brien, but emphasised that any person who came before him in future for a similar offence would face imprisonment.
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and inland waterways users of the Erne System that an obstruction to navigation exists adjacent to the Roslare public jetty which has been marked by a red buoy on Lower Lough Erne
Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with due caution when arriving and departing the jetty until such time as the obstruction has been removed.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience to its customers.
For further details please contact the Lough Erne Warden on +44 (028) 6632 2836
Full Official warning attached below