NETSMAN HIT WITH £104,000 PENALTY
Illegal catch and fishing gear seized, now he pays the price
A FISHERMAN has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 after he was caught illegally netting sea fish off Dprset.
Shane Barton, 42, from Plymouth, was handed the Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation order totalling £104,147 at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday, June 17, 2016, following a multi-agency investigation by the police and Environment Agency officers.
He was arrested when he was caught fishing illegally in Christchurch Harbour in May 2014, when his nets and catch were seized. He was subsequently charged with possessing criminal property.
Barton appeared before Bournemouth Crown Court on June 23, 2015, where he pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed a three-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months and a 12-month supervision order.
An investigation revealed that he made £107,147 from his illegal fishing exploits.