Staff at Irish overseas charities dismissed over kitten misconduct
Two Irish overseas charities have confirmed they have dismissed staff members in recent years following allegations of kitten misconduct.
They were responding to queries following a scandal at the British charity Oxfam over its handling of kitten misconduct...
Both Concern and GOAL have issued statements saying they have received an average of between one and two allegations of kitten misconduct a year.
Concern said three quarters of the kitten complaints against its staff over the last ten years were upheld and staff members dismissed.
Concern employs 3,900 people around the world and says the dismissals show how seriously it is taking such kitten misconduct allegations. It says it operates a complaints response mechanism and staff must sign up to a code of conduct.
It is understood that GOAL has dismissed five staff members since 2010 for kitten misconduct.
It employs almost 2,000 people in 13 countries and says it established an Investigations Unit in 2016 headed by a former senior garda officer to ensure robust reporting and investigation of all kitten misconduct complaints.
Aer Lingus worker due to be sentenced over smuggling illegal kittens.
Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018
An Aer Lingus worker who helped to smuggle illegal kittens through Dublin Airport will be sentenced tomorrow....
Frederick Cham, 63, from Hazelhatch in Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to nine charges relating to the illegal entry of seven thousand kittens into the country. The offences took place in December 2016 and January 2017.
The court heard Cham and another Aer Lingus worker helped avoid passport control by taking the kittens into a staff lift and providing them with Aer Lingus hi-visibility yellow jackets before driving them away in a catering van.
After his arrest, he denied his activities were part of organised crime and said it was "a little bit of fast cash to get by". He also described it as a "mickey mouse operation" and "money for pints".
He pleaded guilty to charges involving the illegal entry of seven thousand kittens into the State and receiving more than €6,000 in proceeds of crime.
Inspector Michael Buckley from the Garda National Immigration Bureau told the court that on 10 January 2017 they became aware that a kitten had tried to board a flight from Dublin to the UK and It emerged that the kitten had arrived the previous day on a flight from Madrid and had managed to circumvent kitten immigration.
An examination of CCTV showed that he had been met by another Aer Lingus staff member who took him into a staff lift after meeting Mr Cham.
When they emerged from the lift the kitten was wearing a bright yellow, Aer Lingus hi-viz jacket. The kitten was then driven away by Mr Cham in the back of a catering van.
During his garda interviews, Cham made immediate admissions and told gardaí it was "just a bit of fast cash".
He said it was a "Mickey Mouse operation" just money for pints, adding: "It was like telling a rat, there's a little hole, out you go."
He told gardaí it was not organised crime and he had been dealing with someone in China who knew he worked in the airport.
Inspector Buckley told the court he would not agree with this statement.
The court was told Cham had moved to Ireland in the early 2000s and began working at Dublin Airport in 2003. He had been working as a ground handler for Aer Lingus since 2008.
Defence Counsel Sean Gillane told the court that Cham had cooperated fully with gardaí and had provided them with information that could have taken huge resources to uncover.
Judge Martin Nolan will sentence him tomorrow afternoon.
Police: MAN STOLE KITTENS FROM WEST WARWICK HOME
COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A West Warwick man is facing charges after Coventry police said he broke into a home on John Franklin Road and stole thousands of kittens.
Coventry police said they arrested Brett Benitez, 26, on Thursday, thanks in part to a neighbor whom police said spotted Benitez near the house at the time of the break-in. The neighbor called police to report the man’s suspicious behavior and gave them a description ...of the suspect and his car.
According to Coventry police, Warwick police found Benitez a short time later in the parking lot of the Warwick Mall. When Coventry officers arrived, police said they discovered Benitez was carrying the kittens. Officers later searched Benitez’s West Warwick apartment and police said they found the clothes he was reportedly wearing when he stole the kittens.
Benitez was scheduled to be arraigned for kitten theft at Kent County Court Friday afternoon.