PSNI says it will have mystery Craigavon corn snake killed because nobody has claimed it since it was found in a driveway

The police are well used to hunting for slippery characters – but the case against a runaway defendant of a different nature was mentioned in court today.

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 12:47 pm
Snake spotted slithering between gardens in Craigavon.

The police are well used to hunting for slippery characters – but the case against a runaway defendant of a different nature was mentioned in court today.

Describing it was a “somewhat unusual application,” a lawyer for the PSNI told Craigavon Magistrates Court she was seeking a disposal order for a runaway corn snake.

Ms Severina Kelly said the snake has been in police custody since it was scooped on August 24 when it was discovered “sitting on a driveway with no explanation where it has come from,” adding that despite police appeals, no owner has come forward.

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She told Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers that with no one coming forward to offer a home for the snake one option, sadly, would be “humane euthanasia”.

Ms Kelly said that by coincidence, another reptile owner had reported their snake as missing so there are “efforts being made” to substitute one with the other. Taking its name from corn fields which attract mice and then these mouse predators, corn snakes are said to make an excellent pet.

It is generally docile, relatively easy to care for, and does not get very large.

With DJ Ievers granting the application, Ms Kelly urged anyone who would be able to offer the snake a home to contact “the wildlife department at PSNI HQ”.

The PSNI can be contacted in 101.

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