Passing sentence, Judge Lucking said: 'A dedicated police operation was necessary to bring this organised offending to an end.
'The sheep were stolen from seven different owners. Not all of the sheep were farm livestock, some were in fact pets.
'On one occasion two very young children were completely traumatised finding their sheep slaughtered and butchered such that they were screaming at the sight.
'There must be an element of deterrence. The general public are dependent upon farmers to produce meat for food.
'Those who farm livestock often work on small margins and simply don't have the manpower to guard their livestock day and night.'Particularly from yet more imported criminals from the EU...
Prior to sentence, one of the men's defence barristers urged the judge to pass as short a sentence as possible in light of the 'uncertain times in respect of coronavirus'.Nice try.
Robert Iordan, aged 23, and Florin Nutu, aged 36, were both jailed for four years and four months on Friday by Judge Adrienne Lucking QC, who described the inhumane killing of sheep worth around £10,000 as gruesome and distressing.
Judge Lucking also sentenced Viorel Manu to a custodial sentence of two years and 11 months after hearing that the 39-year-old father-of-nine was involved in only one albeit serious offence.One hopes they can be immediately deported on release, since free movement within the EU won't apply now we're (supposedly) on course to leave?