Manager fined for gamekeeper’s crime

Graham Christie, the owner of Dunmhor Sporting, has been fined £3,200 after one of the estate’s gamekeepers admitted to using an illegal gin trap to kill buzzards.

Mr Christie is only the second ever person convicted under the law which makes landowners and managers responsible for gamekeepers’ crimes, known as “vicarious liability.” Mr Christie’s lawyer described the legislation as “very political”, but Sheriff Gillian Wade QC said “the law seeks to deal with those who benefit from the proceeds of these crimes.”

It should be noted that in this case the landowner was not involved with the crime and accordingly was not prosecuted along with Mr Christie.

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One comment on “Manager fined for gamekeeper’s crime
  1. Dave Mitchell says:

    Vicarious liability is the best thing since sliced bread ! Glad to see justice has been done.Am curious to hear what your gamekeepers association have to say on that one. Being a bit coy about the whole affair.Speaks volumes about them !

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