Gamekeeper George Mutch guilty of killing rare bird

11 December 2014 Last updated at 16:55

A gamekeeper has been found guilty of killing a rare bird and setting traps illegally to capture two others on an Aberdeenshire estate.

George Mutch, 48, of Kildrummy, was accused of recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another goshawk and a buzzard in 2012.

Mutch was found guilty of four charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Noel McPartlin said he would consider a custodial sentence.

It is one of the first times in Scotland that hidden camera footage, obtained by the RSPB, had been used in a case of this kind.

Mutch will be sentenced next month.

After the case, Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, said: "We welcome the conviction of George Mutch.

"This long-running case, informed by evidence from RSPB Scotland staff, has finally delivered some justice."

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