City man fined £1,900 af­ter hare cours­ing and con­ceal­ing in­for­ma­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A north-east man will pay a fine of £1,900 af­ter tak­ing dogs on to pub­lic land with the in­tent of killing wild an­i­mals.

Richard Han­ratty ap­peared at Peter­head Sher­iff Court af­ter be­ing found guilty of hare cours­ing and con­ceal­ing in­for­ma­tion from the po­lice about who was driv­ing his car.

The 24-year-old, of Car­dens Knowe in Aberdeen, trav­elled to Lit­tle Black­blair on May 3 last year and il­le­gally drove his Re­nault La­guna on to com­mon land.

Once there, he and three dogs hunted and at­tempted to kill a hare.

When po­lice of­fi­cers even­tu­ally caught up with the fa­ther-of-one he twice re­fused to tell them who was driv­ing his car.

The Crown had sought to have that car seized, but at court his so­lic­i­tor Leonard Burkin­shaw re­vealed he could not for­feit his ve­hi­cle as it had since been stolen.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the ve­hi­cle has ac­tu­ally been stolen,” he told Sher­iff Chris­tine McCrossan.

“It was stolen two weeks ago.”

Han­ratty was also against pay­ing more than £25 per week to­wards any fine be­cause he didn’t want “to set him­self up to fail”.

Mr Burkin­shaw added: “He is in full-time em­ploy­ment and that job can en­tail him work­ing up to seven days a week.

“He also pays main­te­nance for a child.”

Sher­iff McCrossan fined Han­ratty £1,500 for the hare cours­ing charge, £250 for driv­ing on land il­le­gally and a fur­ther £150 for fail­ing to dis­close in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.

His driv­ing li­cence was also en­dorsed with six penalty points.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the ve­hi­cle has ac­tu­ally been stolen”

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