The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Limits of evidence gained ‘irregularly’
A Crown Office spokesman said: “Discussions have taken place over a number of years between RSPB and COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) about the admissibility of evidence obtained through the use of covert surveillance.
“The Crown has consistently made clear the limitations which the law places on the admissibility of evidence which has been obtained irregularly. The Crown will continue to have further dialogue to explain the legal position.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association said: “The SGA has no membership interest in this case and has an unequivocal approach to wildlife crime. Our members are made acutely aware of what is required in setting traps.
“Those who fail to comply should consider the effects this has on the reputation of others in the profession.”