Goz­i­tan fined €3000 for bird trap­ping dur­ing the closed sea­son

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A con­firmed poacher from Gozo who has pre­vi­ously been on trial for il­le­gal bird trap­ping was fined €3000 and had his trap­ping and hunt­ing li­cence re­voked for two years, the Com­mit­tee Against Bird Slaugh­ter re­ports.

The 63-year-old man from Xagħra was found guilty of il­le­gally trap­ping finches on 13 March this year. The case was brought to the at­ten­tion of the po­lice by a CABS team who filmed and re­ported the man op­er­at­ing a large clap net in the vicin­ity of Santu Pi­etru (Gozo).

The sen­tence for this of­fence was handed down last week by mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud who said that some poach­ers still break the law as they know that there is a pos­si­bil­ity they will not be ap­pre­hended and if caught, there is also a chance of not be­ing found guilty.

CABS added that the con­vict is a re­peat of­fender who has – in­ter alia – al­ready been charged with bird trap­ping dur­ing the closed sea­son in spring 2015. In the trial which was held on 13 Oc­to­ber 2015 he was given a record fine of €8000 and had his trap­ping and hunt­ing li­cence re­voked for life.

But the penalty which was one of the high­est by that time was later suspended and the case dis­missed in an ap­peal hear­ing. “He had a close shave and nev­er­the­less de­cided to go out poach­ing again,” CABS Wildlife Crime Of­fi­cer Fiona Bur­rows said.

It is ex­pected that the trap­per will ap­peal again.

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