«Domestic dispute» triggered shooting of five horses and two dogs

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The man, in his 30s, was stopped in the Kanturk area of north Cork at lunchtime yesterday after a mountainous Garda manhunt over the previous eight hours. The manhunt complicated uniformed gardaí supported by members of the armed Regional Support Element (RSU).

He was taken to Mallow Garda station for questioning. He could be held for an prime period of 24 hours but it was expected he would be referred for medical and psychiatric appraisal.

The incident began in the early hours of yesterday when a domestic wrangle over erupted at a property outside Newmarket.

It is understood the man had a row with his girlfriend, who is a unfamiliar national.

Another family member was alerted and apparently attempted to peacefulness the man, who was becoming extremely agitated. However, the row escalated and the man armed himself with a shotgun. He then discharge two dogs and five horses outside the property.

The man then fled in a Toyota car which he later drove. He then walked across fields and woodland while armed with the shotgun.

Gardaí were advised and began a major search operation, focused on the Newmarket and Kanturk fields. Around noon, he was spotted outside Kanturk. Gardaí rushed to the seascape and the man agreed to surrender.

He was arrested without incident and no one was injured.

A file on the meaningfulness will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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