Pair guilty of fox-hunting laws breach convicted in first successful Scottish prosecution
Two men have been convicted of breaching foxhunting laws in the first successful prosecution of its kind in Scotland.
Father and son John Clive Richardson, 67 and Johnathan Riley, 24, from the Scottish Borders, both denied deliberately hunting a wild mammal on land surrounding Townfoothill, near Jedburgh, on February 18 2016.
The men, from Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, were found guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Video evidence showed the pair breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.
Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland, said: “Today’s guilty verdict is the first successful prosecution for mounted fox hunting in Scotland and while we’re delighted with the outcome and our role in this, we remain of the view that the law needs strengthened.”