Even more delay in case against Morvich Estate gamekeepers

delaysThe 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.

2 Responses to “Even more delay in case against Morvich Estate gamekeepers”

  1. 1 nirofo
    June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    The courts have become a laughing stock where wildlife crime is concerned, the problem is it’s no laughing matter. The so-called upholders of our hard won laws and people running our so-called justice system should be ashamed of themselves for the way they treat wildlife crime as if it’s not a crime at all. I wonder how long it would take them to prosecute and mete out sentencing if the boot was on the other foot and you were being tried for poaching their beloved Pheasants or Grouse, I dare say your feet wouldn’t touch the ground until they had you hung drawn and quartered, with a criminal record thrown in for good measure.

  2. 2 Merlin
    June 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Its called milking the system, over 5 months from the first hearing to the one in May and they ask for more time for preparation, its an absolute joke, whose doing the defence, Dumb and Dumber. the untouchables will xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx due to the old boys network. another waste of public money

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