Earlier this month I blogged about a gamekeeper in Nottinghamshire who is facing trial after he pleaded not guilty to the alleged killing of several buzzards (see here).
Now there’s another case to report. This time it’s a gamekeeper in Suffolk who is due in court on Thursday in relation to the alleged poisoning of a buzzard.
This latest prosecution relates to the joint raid undertaken by Suffolk Police, Natural England and the RSPB’s Investigations Team in January this year (see here).
[Police seized guns and pesticides during the multi-agency raid in January 2021. Photo via Suffolk Police]
Tomorrow’s court hearing will provide an opportunity for the defendant to enter a plea.
If he pleads not guilty, the case is expected to continue to go to trial at a later date.
If he pleads guilty, he may be sentenced tomorrow or the magistrate may ask for background reports before sentencing at a later date.
Please note, as this is a live case no further detail will be provided here until the case has concluded or there is official commentary from the court reporter. Comments on this particular blog also won’t be accepted until the case concludes so as not to prejudice proceedings. Thanks for your understanding.
UPDATE 26th August 2021: Trial date set for Suffolk gamekeeper accused of poisoning buzzard (here)