Convicted gamekeeper back in court to answer poisoning charges

A gamekeeper will appear in front of a Sheriff tomorrow, to face charges of illegal raptor persecution incidents that are alleged to have taken place on the shooting estate where he works. Dead buzzards and posioned baits – you get the picture by now.

Nothing especially unusual in that statement, except perhaps the rare occurrence of a wildlife crime prosecution actually reaching court. Although this will be the second case in as many weeks in Scotland – someone is doing their job really well.

However, there is a twist to this one. The accused in tomorrow’s case will be very familiar with the inside of the Sheriff’s court, seeing as he was convicted there not so long ago, for a wildlife crime incident that took place in the same area where the current dead birds and poisoned baits were discovered. 

If he is found guilty tomorrow, it will be very interesting indeed to see what penalty the Sheriff deems appropriate this time, as we’ll be able to safely conclude that the pathetic fine he received as punishment for his previous offence had no deterrent value whatsoever. He may, of course, have been falsely accused and will walk from the court an exonerated man, leaving us all to ponder the mystery of who laid the poisoned baits that killed the buzzards on this estate.

Details that could identify this man have been deliberately excluded from this post in the interests of him receiving a fair trial. Full details will be published once the criminal proceedings have finished.


4 Responses to “Convicted gamekeeper back in court to answer poisoning charges”

  1. 1 Dougie
    December 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Is there an update on this. I cannot find anything in the press.
    What court and what estate?

  2. December 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Dougie,
    The case has been carried forward to early next week. We don’t want to reveal any details about the case before it is heard, to reduce the chance of him getting off on a technicality. As soon as the case has finished, full details will be published here, including name of accused, name of Estate where alleged offences took place, charges, outcome and sentence.

  3. December 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This trial has been delayed again. Now due to be heard later this month, weather permitting.

  4. December 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    This trial has been re-scheduled to take place this coming week, prior to the Christmas break.

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