‘Unscrupulous liars’ in the Glenn Brown gamekeeper trial

Following the report that convicted gamekeeper Glenn Brown lost his appeal yesterday (see here), one of the RSPB investigators has blogged about his experience, and that of his colleagues, in the appeal process.

Mark Thomas discusses how he and three other RSPB investigation colleagues (Guy Shorrock, James Leonard and John McMahon) were repeatedly accused of being ‘unscrupulous liars’ by Glenn Brown’s defence team. Not for the first time (see here), the RSPB has been publicly accused of ‘planting evidence’ in order to gain a successful prosecution against a gamekeeper accused of raptor persecution. Also not for the first time, this ridiculous accusation has been found to be completely fabricated. I think we can probably make up our own minds as to the identity of the ‘unscrupulous liars’ based on all the evidence available in the public domain.

Mark Thomas goes on to suggest that the reason for the repeated attacks on the credibility and integrity of RSPB investigators is “…because RSPB Investigations working with the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service is the only dedicated team able to pull off these complex gamekeeper- related investigations and convictions, making us an obvious target“. Well, that’s almost true – in Scotland we also have the expertise of the SSPCA to rely upon – but nevertheless, Mark’s conclusion about why the RSPB is an obvious target is, well, obvious and accurate (see link in above paragraph for multiple examples of unfounded hostility from the game-shooting industry towards the RSPB).

Also included in Mark’s blog is a fascinating PDF that gives the full judgement notes from the judge at Brown’s original trial in June 2011. This really is well worth a read, and full credit to the RSPB for allowing this document to be published.

Mark Thomas (RSPB Investigations blog) here

Full judgement notes from Glenn Brown’s original trial: Glenn Brown full judgement notes June 2011


4 Responses to “‘Unscrupulous liars’ in the Glenn Brown gamekeeper trial”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    These kind of utterly cynical lies and attempts at blackening the name and work of RSPB Investigators have been going on for a long time…interestingly they only really started after several successful gamekeeper prosecutions in the early 1990s in Scotland.However it was rare to hear them uttered by defence lawyers in Court.

    They are of course the standard cry of the petty criminal…”it wisnae me, ah wis set up”…the worry is that those involved in shooting who may not be used to the lies of petty criminals believe this nonsense if its repeated often enough.

    One reason for these cowardly attacks is that they wouldnt dare do the same to the Police…who they rely on for their firearms certificates…the RSPB are seen as Fair Game.

    Well done Mark and the rest of the team.

  2. 2 Paul Risley
    January 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    When the RSPB produced the Peak Malpractice document in 2006 it was widely criticised by the Shooting media as being another unfounded attack on the Game keeping profession and a publicity stunt to raise funds. The following is a link to one such example that appeared in the Times

    The following is a quote that appears every week in the Shooting Times Magazine
    “The wild life of today is not ours to dispose of as we please. We have it in trust and must account for it to those who come after.”
    –King George VI of England

    I have friends who shoot, I’ve have no axe to grind with any of the law abiding Shooting community, but it is up to them to sort out the needy greedy who are blighting their sport, to weed out those who are obsessed with bag size and profit and who are prepared to achieve these goals at any cost. this incident has taken place on what we are lead to believe is a “non” commercial shoot. On “National Trust” land, in a “National Park”

  3. 3 paul v irving
    January 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I think that this is pretty standard, we know that RSPB investigations staff ARe totally upstanding and honest but those criminals involved in shooting expect them to behave as they do, ie. to lie and cheat and play the innocent whilst doing so. However the crux of this particular case is that it is a tenancy on National Trust land, an orgainsation which claims to be ” one of the UKs leading conservation organisations.” So the question is will Eyre, Browns’ employer hang on to that tenancy, one would think not but time will tell.

  4. 4 Anonygus
    December 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I am not going to beat around the bush, its pretty obvious what mr Brown was up to. But to blacken the name of every law abiding gamekeeper in Britain for the actions of a few bad apples is ludicrous. Like them or not, “gameys”, especially in upland areas, do an invaluable job in conservation of environment and wildlife. I understand the emotion involved in persecution cases, on both sides. But please, there are many, many hardworking and law abiding keepers who are as sick of continued persecution of raptors as you. It alienates the bulk of british public from the vital job they do and destroys the few positive feelings towards them. Some of you will not changfe your minds im sure, but to others unsure of the “gamekeepers = evil bastards” dogma then i plead to you: See through the hype and propoganda (on both sides) and see the truth for yourself. Gamekeepers are not the devil

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