Admissibility of crucial evidence, Bleasdale gamekeeper, Preston Magistrates Court.


Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 28-03-2018 at Preston Magistrates Court the ongoing case involving the prosecution of gamekeeper  Mr.James Hartley, employed by the Bleasdale shooting estate, Lancashire, was convened for the fourth time. Mr. Hartley is charged with 9 offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, including the alleged killing of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons breeding on the estate in April 2016. Mr. Hartley at an earlier court appearance in September pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against him.

Yesterday Preston Magistrates Court District Judge Goodwin read out her lengthy judgement of the admissibility of evidence specifically related to this case. Following a request made to the court by defence counsel  QC Justin Rouse in September, reporting restriction applicable to this case were imposed by Judge Goodwin, we therefore are legally bound not to make any comments about the legal argument, nor can we comment on yesterday’s admissibility of evidence ruling.

The fifth hearing of this case will take place on Tuesday 10 April 2018.



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