The case against three gamekeepers who are accused of committing alleged wildlife crimes on the Morvich Estate at Rogart, Sutherland in February 2012 has been adjourned for a 5th hearing.
The case against Mathew Ian Johnston, Jamie Robert Neal and William Robert Docharty was first called at Dornoch Sheriff Court on 27th November 2012 (see here), where a trial date was set for 19th March 2013, with an intermediate diet on 18th February 2013.
However, at the hearing on 18th February 2013 (here), a further hearing was set for 13th May and a possible trial date set for 9th July, pending the outcome of the hearing in May.
At the hearing on 13th May 2013 (see here), the defence asked for another adjournment to allow more time for preparation. The next hearing date was set for 25th June 2013.
At the hearing yesterday (25th June 2013)…guess what? Another hearing was set for 8th July 2013.