Fishers hit with legal bill days after fire
A group of Aberdeen fishermen who lost a court case last year have been hit with a legal fee bill of around £45,000 – just days after their vessels were destroyed in a malicious fire.
The Cove Fishermen’s Association was forced to move its boats at Cove Harbour last year after a court ruled in favour of landowner Pralhad Kolhe – who owns sections of the historic bay.
Mr Kolhe has been seeking to remove the boats from his land, but in the months since the legal decision, the fishermen have continued their activities by keeping their remaining vessels in a much smaller pocket of the harbour not under the landowner’s control. The court also ruled that Mr Kolhe had no right to prevent public access to the pier.
Decades of fishing heritage went up in smoke last weekend, when a deliberate fire destroyed the remaining vessels and equipment.
Police are investigating the incident, but nobody has yet been charged.
Association chairman Jim Adam has now set up an online fundraiser to help with legal costs.
He said yesterday: “I couldn’t believe that he would instruct solicitors to fire across his court costs to us just days after we lost the boats in the fire, and now he’s continuing whatever operation he’s trying to do by completely blocking off all the remaining turning space in the harbour.
“Right now, we’re hoping to get £45,000, which is what we’ve been told is the legal fees.”
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Mr Kolhe declined to comment.
“We’re hoping to get £45,000, which is the legal fees”