Gamekeeper accused of wildlife crimes on Glenogil Estate, Angus Glens

Glenogil sign RPSCopyA Scottish gamekeeper is facing charges of wildlife crimes alleged to have taken place in the Angus Glens last year.

William Curr faces charges that he set or failed to check the snare that trapped a deer for more than 24 hours on the Glenogil Estate last year, and that he failed to remove it. It is understood the animal died.

The 22 year old, of Game Keeper’s House, Glen Trusta, will appear at Forfar Sheriff Court on 20th August where he will also face charges that he failed to keep a record of finding a deer in the snare at Glen Trusta between 26th – 29th August 2014.

It is also alleged that Curr failed to check another snare for more than 24 hours, during which time a fox became trapped and died of dehydration between September 24th-26th 2014.

Curr did not appear or make a plea to the charges when the case called at the court on Thursday.

Depute fiscal Jim Eodonable intimated the matter would continue without plea for three weeks, after a letter from solicitors Levy & McRae asked for more time to take instruction.

We’ll be following this one with interest.

Photograph by Raptor Persecution Scotland.

19 Responses to “Gamekeeper accused of wildlife crimes on Glenogil Estate, Angus Glens”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    August 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Surely not a Gamekeeper? According to the Yorkshire Post they are the unsung heroes of our countryside.

    • 2 Marco McGinty
      August 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      And a 22 year old gamekeeper at that. We’re always being told by the SGA, that gamekeeping criminality was a preserve of those older, less educated keepers, yet here we have another incident where a young keeper (presumably not long out of “keeper school”) is alleged to have committed a suite of offences.

      So, either something is wrong with the education these people are receiving in the colleges, or everything they learn about the law is simply ignored once they get a job?

  2. 3 Bimbliing
    August 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Surely there’s a better newspaper headline in “22 year old gamekeeper employs Solicitors to the Rich and Famous” “Gamekeeper accused of random crimes against wildlife is defended by renowned law firm Levy and McRae”

    Presuming that your man’s not on legal aid!

    Is this perhaps the best way to head off a vicarious liability prosecution?

    The below is from the Solicitor’s website…

    Levy & McRae is one of Scotland’s leading law firms and has consistently been placed among the top 5 law firms in Scotland.

    Our clients include government organisations, law enforcements agencies, football clubs, FTSE 100 companies and many SMEs and industry organisations.

    We also act for a number of high-profile individuals who particularly benefit from our close working relationship with public relations advisors.

    Our in-house investigations unit, staffed by former senior police officers, is a unique service that Levy & McRae deploys to the benefit of our clients and is an invaluable resource.

    Yep, I can see why a 22 year old on what, £18k a year, would choose them!

  3. August 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Could it lead to a reclaim of agricultural support???`

  4. 10 mike hamblett
    August 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Frankly, Javier Espinoza deserves to have his butt kicked up and down Fleet Street. We’ll let him choose the venue though.

  5. 11 Dave Mitchell
    August 18, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Auchnacree is the shooting residence of the Austrian baron who owns the estate.It does beg the question that if he clears the estate of red deer and culls every Scottish mountain hare because they carry ticks that might affect his precious grouse and covers the whole estate with Fenn traps then what is the policy on raptors.The man,s got a damn cheek despoiling the landscape of Scottish wildlife.the gamekeepers drink in the Drovers,a pub/restaurant in Memus.I hope they don,t drink and try to drive home when I,m there.

  6. September 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Apparently that was the 2nd hearing on the 10th…and the game keeper accused did not have to turn up to either. The alleged offences took place one year ago (September). A whole year to put this case together and twelve months on still no trial or even a plea.

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