A Sligo man has gone on trial for deceiving a couple, who agreed to buy two ponies from him for their daughters.

However, when the animals arrived in Majorca, where the family lived, it is alleged one of the ponies was a completely different animal to the one they had seen and agreed to buy in Ireland.

Michael Kearins, with an address at Knockbeg, Collooney, but who is currently living the USA, pleaded not guilty at Sligo Circuit Court to the charge of deception between 24 August and 19 October 2012. 

Sean Ewing, who's originally from Donegal, told the court that his two daughters, then aged 8 and 10, had an interest in showjumping and, on a visit home from Majorca to see his father in Sligo, he followed up on an ad on Done Deal for a pony.

The family subsequently went to view the pony at an outdoor arena at Mr Kearins family home in Collooney.

They were also shown a second pony, and Mr Ewing said they went to view the animals a second time, and then went to see them in Claremorris where his wife and daughters rode them in an indoor arena.

Mr Ewing told the court that after they returned to Majorca, Mr Kearins was "chasing" him in relation to buying the ponies and there was some to-ing and fro-ing in September 2012.

Subsequently it was agreed to send the two ponies, but when Mr Ewing saw the ponies at the stables in Majorca, he said one was a different and inferior animal to that which he had bought

The trial continues today.

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