Back in December it was reported that a man had been found guilty of wildlife crimes against a badger and red kites in Wales (see here).
Dewi James Price, 39, of Commercial Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, faced a potential custodial sentence and the sentencing hearing was due to take place at Cardiff Crown Court on 23 December 2020.
[Photo of a red kite by Gareth Scanlon]
However, it has since been reported that sentencing was delayed after Price’s lawyer told the judge that her client wanted to appeal the convictions. Apparently the court adjourned the hearing until 8th January 2021.
This seems a bit odd. Has anybody heard of sentencing being delayed in these circumstances before? Sure, appeals against convictions are common and are an important part of the judicial process, but don’t these appeals usually come after sentencing, not before?
Here’s a copy of the news report from Powys County Times:
Man convicted of killing Builth Wells badger to appeal
By Iwan Gabe Davies (23 Dec 2020)
A MAN found guilty after a trial of hunting and killing a badger is to appeal against his conviction.
Dewi Price, 39, of Commercial Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, was also found guilty of offences against red kites.
He was convicted in his absence at Newport Magistrates’ Court.
Price was found guilty of killing a badger in the Builth Wells area of Powys on February 18, 2018.
The defendant was also convicted of taking a red kite in Gelligaer, Caerphilly, on May 19, 2019.
He was also found guilty of intentionally or recklessly disturbing a red kite while it was in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young and of intentionally or recklessly disturbing the dependent young of a red kite.
Price had been due to be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court but Judge Michael Fitton QC was told by the defendant’s barrister Rosamund Rutter that her client wanted to appeal against his conviction.
The case was adjourned until January 8.
Price was granted conditional bail.
UPDATE 13th February 2022: Badger killer and red kite chick thief avoids prison (here)