The long-running case against Scottish gamekeeper William (Billy) Dick concluded today with a conviction for illegally killing a buzzard.
Dick, 25, of Whitehill Cottages, Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, had been observed by two witnesses on the Newlands Estate striking a buzzard with rocks and then repeatedly stamping on it, in April last year. The observers were alerted to the scene by the sound of a gun shot. Dick had denied the charges (in addition to two alleged firearms offences, which were subsequently dropped) but was convicted today at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
He will be sentenced in early September.
Well done to the SSPCA and Police Scotland for their investigation and to the Crown Office for a successful prosecution.
We understand that a vicarious liability prosecution will get underway at Dumfries Sheriff Court later this month.
While we wait for the sentencing hearing, here are some questions you might like to ask:
1. Is/was Dick a member of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association? Emails to: email@example.com
2. Is Dick still employed on the Newlands Estate? Emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The photograph of Billy Dick was sourced from his Facebook page.