This is my first post here, and I have come to this forum for some help and advice about aperson who has guns but who has been intimidating and bullying hisfemale neighbours for some time. I apologise this may be a longstory. I will try to be brief but this is story covering a long timeand we are in the middle of some Kafkaesque story of police blundersand incompetence.
I am a crofter in the western highlands of scotland.
I am not anti guns, Iwas born and bred in the country and have done my fair share ofshooting.
In early December 2010 we were in the middle of the coldest spell in living memory. The ground wad frozen solid and about a foot deep in snow. This man drove through a group of families playing with their children in the snow on a township road and went round above them on the main road overlooking his crofting apportionment. There were deer there. He was some 400 yards from the families, maybe 200 feet above them. The ground is open moorland. They were all in direct sight of each other.The man began firing and killed a deer between him and the families not 150 metres from the kill and within about a 20* arc of his shot.
One father was so concerned he jumped into a ditch with his son and daughter. They are convinced, knowing how much this man hates them, that this was done to scare them off 'his' hill.
After a long and drawnout complaints procedure the Police have now admitted they did not investigate the reports of this shooting properly. No-one was interviewed and no police officer has visited the site to this day.The man still has his guns despite recently being charged with racially aggravated breach of the peace. The Police say he has many supporters within his community.
The Police say they have a witness who says the shot was safe. so thats OK apparently.
Can that shot have been safe so close to those families. Is frozen snow covered rocky ground at an angle of,say, 25* below the rifle a safe backstop with families within, say,20* and behind the quarry on a road and with houses behind them?
I should also say the man does not own the land he killed the deer on and he does not have permission to shoot there and he has no excuse under sec 26Deer(Scotland) Act since it is open moorland. Yet the police will not act. Should they?