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    Pensioner dubbed Scotland's 'prince of poachers' finally loses right to own firearm.

    A PENSIONER dubbed Scotland’s prince of poachers has finally lost the right to legally own a firearm.
    James Kennedy was convicted of poaching for the fourth time last year.
    The 72-year-old, who has twice been jailed for the offence, then had his firearms certificate cancelled by police, meaning he could no longer use his £2500 Sako rifle and silencer.
    Kennedy challenged the decision but on Wednesday a sheriff threw out his appeal.
    The decision brings to an end the illicit career of a poaching legend who was a familiar sight around Fort William in his Jaguar with the registration 5TAG.
    Kennedy lives in a £500,000 hillside bungalow he named Tigh na Feidh – Gaelic for House of the Deer.
    Locals refer to his house as venison villa.

    Sheriff Richard Davidson upheld the police civil action in a written judgment.
    He stated that Kennedy “was no longer a fit person to be entrusted to be the holder of a firearms certificate”.
    Kennedy told the court his poaching career had started as a 12-year-old.
    Last year, Fort William Sheriff Court heard Kennedy had been caught when DNA testing was used for the first time in a poaching case.

    Police matched a stag shot illegally on 9000-acre Glenfinnan Estate to blood found in the former fencing contractor’s van.
    As Kennedy has been jailed twice for poaching offences local estate owners were shocked when Sheriff Davidson finied him £100 last year.
    The sheriff smiled at the details of Kennedy’s Glenfinnan escapade, which he admitted, saying: “It seems old habits die hard.”
    When Kennedy’s lawyer told the sheriff there had been a gap of several years in his client’s appearances in court which meant he had been of good behaviour, the sheriff replied, “or wasn’t caught”.

    At his appeal, Kennedy told how he started his working life as an assistant gamekeeper but sometimes had to do his boss’s job.
    He said: “Sometimes the head-keeper would say ‘I’m off for a dram’ and would not return for two weeks.”
    And Morar gamekeeper Robert Grant, 47, who gave evidence for the police, said he only met Kennedy once:“and that was sitting next to him at a table at the Poacher’s Ball at Roy Bridge several years ago”.
    Police found out Kennedy had been paid £20,000 by a local game dealer for supplying deer to him for just three years.
    Kennedy was unavailable for comment on losing the appeal.

    A local estate factor who asked not to be named yesterday commented: “James is an OK guy but a legendary poacher all his days in the west Highlands.
    “I think he quite enjoys the notoriety and the title Prince of Poachers. I just wonder if his poaching days are really over despite the loss of his firearms certificate.”
    Outside court following his conviction in February, 2015, Kennedy was asked if that was him finished with poaching.
    He replied: “Of course,” and winked.
    "He who kills sow with piglets empties the forest of boar" My neighbours dad on new years eve 2011.

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    'Prince of Poachers'?

    Or bloody rogue? Personally, I tend to side with the latter. Convicted of poaching four times, and jailed for the same offence twice? He should've lost his ticket the first time round in my book
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    Think this will stop him ?
    As said gotten away with it hundreds of times , been done before but still held a FAC ?
    Makes a joke of the system


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    If he started that young then I am sure he did loose his ticket and then would get it back because of the time laps law. It is sad that this man has lived through what would have been accepted times . A bit like the dog men who one minute could take a deer with there hound and the next they were illegal. Drink driving springs to mind in the beginning it was over looked and as time went on it was quite rightly made a major criminal offence. It seems that time has caught up with him more than the law. I wonder if he will reapply in 5 years time.

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    Apologies for the aside.

    Just to broaden knowledge a bit, is there a facility in law to confiscate tools/equipment used in poaching in Scotland as available but sadly hardly ever used south of the border?

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    Perhaps we need to lose the term "poacher" with its connotations of some deprived rural dweller desperately trying to feed a family of starving children and use the far more appropriate title in the modern era of "thief"

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    Wonder how much his rifles going for?
    "Eagles may soar, but, Weasels don't get sucked in to jet engines" Anon

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    Hope his rifle has been destroyed,theiving scum

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    Quote Originally Posted by swifturn View Post
    Hope his rifle has been destroyed,theiving scum
    or better still, sold by the police to help towards the cost of their time and efforts. Along with all of his other rifles, shotguns and shooting paraphernalia. That would be good.

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