Sentencing has been deferred today for depraved Scottish gamekeeper Rhys Owen Davies.
Davies, 28, had pleaded guilty at Forfar Sheriff Court in May 2022 to a number of animal cruelty offences relating to the keeping and training of dogs for animal fighting (badger baiting) and of failing to seek veterinary attention for dogs that had sustained serious injuries from those fights. He had also pleaded guilty to a number of firearms offences after the Scottish SPCA raided his home in 2019 on Millden Estate in the Angus Glens and found three unsecure guns and ammunition lying around inside the house.
[A screen shot of media coverage in May 2022 after Davies had pleaded guilty]
Davies was identified as part of a brutal dog-fighting ring when he submitted grotesque ‘trophy’ photographs to be printed, using his address on Millden Estate as the return address. Shop workers alerted the Scottish SPCA who then launched an investigation.
Sentencing was deferred in May for social reports after Sheriff Derek Reekie told Davies:
“This is truly disturbing and stressful. It’s just horrendous. It seems to me I’ve got to consider a custodial sentence.
This was clearly an organised activity. It’s clear from messages a group of these people were engaging in organised fighting and killing of animals“.
Davies was due to be sentenced today but this has now been deferred until 1st August 2022.
There isn’t any further news yet about the separate case concerning sacks full of dead raptors that were also found during the SSPCA raid on Millden Estate. Police Scotland is apparently dealing with that case.
UPDATE 12th July 2022: Convicted Scottish gamekeeper Rhys Davies: delayed sentencing explained (here)