Criminal proceedings continued today with an intermediate diet in the case against gamekeeper George Mutch of Kildrummy Estate, Aberdeenshire.
This was the sixth hearing in this case.
Mutch is pleading not guilty to a suite of charges for offences alleged to have taken place in August 2012. The charges come under Section 5 subsection 1B of the Wildlife & Countryside Act (relating to the use of a trap for the purpose of taking or killing wild birds) and Section 1 subsection 1A of the WCA (relating to the killing, injuring or taking of wild birds).
The case is expected to go to trial in late May, although another intermediate diet is scheduled for 2nd April.
We’re particularly interested in this case and we’ll be closely following the proceedings.