11 JAN 2018
Poacher Gwierydd Williams has been hit with a £1,200 for illegally shooting a deer dead.
The 54-year-old shot the red deer stag in the ‘close season’ when killing game if forbidden.
He had claimed he only killed the beast in a field off Brooks Lane, Bosley, because it was in distress due to an injury to its rear leg.
However, witnesses who confronted Williams as he was trying to put the stag in his 4X4 disputed this and reported the matter to police.
And Williams was this week found guilty of killing a deer during the close season following a trial at Stockport Magistrates’ Court.
Now the defendant, of Queens Drive, Biddulph, has been ordered to pay a £1,293 fine following the incident on May 24 last year.
PC Ric Walker, who is part of Cheshire Police’s rural and wildlife crime unit, said: “The guilty verdict and fine, sends a clear message to anyone thinking of committing this kind of offence.
"We have specially-trained officers who have the skills and knowledge to pursue those who commit rural and wildlife crimes.
“We are also very grateful to the witnesses who came forward to report the crime and confronted Williams whilst he was putting the deer in the back of a 4×4.
“If anyone witnesses anything similar or suspicious then please contact us.”
Alsager Town councillor Jane Smith, the UK’s first Animal Welfare Party representative, today welcomed the sentence but called for the killing of animals to carry the same penalties as a person.
She said: “I think the penalty for illegally killing any animal should never be just a fine because it is a serious crime as it is taking the life. We have to ask if we can put a price on the life of a wild animal.
“I think any illegal killing, whether it is an animal or a person, should carry a custodial sentence. A fine is not a serious enough penalty.
“Animals are under enough threat as it is with building and the loss of their habitats so they need every protection from illegal hunting and poaching.”
To report wildlife crime, call the police on 101.
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