Welcoming the custodial sentence awarded at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to the convicted bird of prey killer George Mutch, Duncan Orr Ewing, head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, said: “This sentence is an historic, landmark result. Mr Mutch has been sentenced to fourth months in prison following his conviction for the illegal killing of a goshawk; illegal use of a trap; and illegal taking of a buzzard and a second goshawk.
“We would like to thank the Crown Office and Police Scotland for helping to bring this case to a successful conviction, as well as the exemplary work of the RSPB Scotland investigations team. This penalty should be a turning point, sending a clear message to those determined to flout our laws that wildlife crime will not be tolerated but instead will be treated with the seriousness that it deserves. Wildlife criminals must expect no sympathy from now on.”
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