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George Mutch who killed a rare bird of prey and injured others jailed

Mr Mutch, of Kildrummy, who denied recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another goshawk and a buzzard in 2012, was found guilty of four charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in December 2014. On delivering the sentence today (12/01/2015) Sheriff Noel McPartlin said the persecution of wild birds was a "huge problem".  "Having regard to the gravity of the offence, I am of the view that there is no other method of dealing with you which is appropriate to this case other than the imposition of a custodial sentence." Mr Mutch was been jailed for four months.


Sara Shaw, procurator fiscal for wildlife and environment, said: "Birds of prey are given strict protection by our law. ”Goshawks in particular are rare birds: the court heard evidence in this case that there are only about 150 nesting pairs in Scotland.

"It is highly important to preserve Scotland's natural heritage, including the wildlife that forms part of it. Our environmental laws exist to provide this protection. "This case involved serious contraventions of those laws. The conviction of Mr Mutch and the severity of the sentence given by the court highlights that message."

A Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) spokesman said: "The SGA has taken the ultimate sanction available to it, as an organisation. Mr Mutch will no longer hold SGA membership.

"The court has made its decision and Mr Mutch will now have to live with the consequences of his actions."


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