- A final consideration of the correspondence COPFS to ECCLRC
- What to include in my submission to the Scottish Government committee?
- My future actions
- A conspiracy theory. A tale of two illegal spring traps.
- A review of blogs posted on the Aberdeen University website about video evidence in wildlife crime cases
Monthly Archives: July 2018
I was contacted yesterday (Wednesday 18th July) by one of the civil servants about the content of the petition which confirmed that I would be receiving their suggestions about the petition shortly. Things are probably moving forward. I will not … Continue reading
I have been had several helpful replies to my emails. When I started the blog it was just a wish to publicise the petition which seemed to be dragging on. My researches (o.k. a google search) uncovered that the Poustie … Continue reading
I first decided to set up this website yeterday as I had been waiting what I thought was a long time. I was also concerned about the possibility that the Poustie report would reach the Scottish Parliament. I googled for … Continue reading
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. (WCA) Section 1 is titled. “Protection of wild birds, their nests and eggs”, and is the likely Act under which a prosecution would take place. Section 19 of the WCA says “A constable who enters any land … Continue reading
When I submitted the petition I did not know about the video evidence of a possible offence on Tillypronie Estate. This information came into the public domain on Monday 2nd April 2018 in an article published by the Guardian This fits … Continue reading
In 2014/15 George Mutch was convicted and imprisoned for killing a Goshawk and other offences whilst employed as a gamekeeper on the Kildrummy estate in Aberdeenshire. There was no vicarious liability conviction associated with this crime, most likely due to … Continue reading
Timeline August 2012 George Mutch seen on a concealed camera placed by the RSPB killing Goshawk and committing other offences. January 2013, written by DI Nevin Hunter NWCU “The concerns I have about several recent and ongoing cases of raptor … Continue reading
Video evidence has been available which could have been used as corroboration on at least 2 occasions, and at least one other is known about the fate of which is unknown. The COPFS in conjunction with the Crown Office did … Continue reading
At present there is a report available from a Review Group which was set up in the context of a Ministerial commitment to enhance the enforcement of wildlife crime particularly in relation to the level of penalties imposed. The Group, … Continue reading