Case against gamekeeper George Mutch: part 13

scales of justiceThe criminal trial of Scottish gamekeeper George Mutch is set to re-start today.

Mutch, of Kildrummy Estate, Aberdeenshire, is accused of a series of offences relating to the capture and subsequent killing or injuring of a number of raptors, alleged to have taken place in August 2012. He has denied the charges.

This case has dragged on for over two years. Eventually a trial date was set for October 2014 but it was quickly adjourned after the defence QC argued that the presiding Sheriff shouldn’t hear the case as she was a member of the RSPB (see here).

Presumably there’ll be a different sheriff in court today; one with absolutely no connection whatsoever with game-shooting, eh?


8 Responses to “Case against gamekeeper George Mutch: part 13”

  1. 1 Dougie
    December 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Criminal justice system is a farce. This interminable case continues to drag on like Kafka’s “The Trial”.

  2. December 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I once was told by a lawyer justice had nothing to do with the law ?

  3. December 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    [Ed: sorry Douglas, we can’t publish this comment as it might prejudice the outcome of this trial]

  4. 5 Stewart Love
    December 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Will be interesting to see what “Hobbies” the new Sheriff has and [Ed: rest of this comment can’t be published while the trial is on-going].

    • 6 Jimmy
      December 9, 2014 at 1:03 am

      I assume if its a case now where RSPB membership makes on unfit to work on such trials, then surely judges etc. with shooting interests should also step aside in such cases

  5. 7 nirofo
    December 9, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Be interesting to see whether the new sheriff is willing to lose face over this ” trial ” and continue this farce, or will he/she be prepared to stand up and be counted, we’ll see ???

  6. December 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Does this mean that a judge who believes in law and order and the prosecution and sentencing of criminals is biased and unsuitable to oversee cases where a criminal act is being tried.

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