Young Bishop Auckland poacher guilty of trespass and killing rabbit

First published in News by , Reporter (Barnard Castle & Teesdale)

A TEENAGER shot and scarred for life while poaching for rabbits has today (Monday, January 7) been sentenced to a nine-month youth rehabilition order.

However, no action is to be taken against anyone involved in firing the weapon, South Durham Youth Court was told – a situation the youth's defence agent described as “strange”.

The 15-year-old, from the Bishop Auckland area, was out with two friends and their dogs on a public footpath at Eldon at about 10.45pm on November 22 when the incident happened.

Jonathan Bamburgh, prosecuting, said that although the defendant's dog had been kept on its lead, the other dogs were let off, racing onto private farmland, killing a rabbit.

“A weapon was discharged and a pellet caused injuries to his mouth,” he said.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously pleaded guilty to trespassing on land at night and destroying a rabbit on the basis he had taken part in a joint enterprise, the court was told.

Robert Willoughby, defending, said: “It seems strange he is the only person to come before the court.

“He was walking along a public footpath and kept his dog on the lead, although he accepts he was part and parcel to the offence.

“There were two people shooting guns and the police decided not to take any action – this seems very strange.”

Mr Willoughby added: “He (the defendant) was very lucky. He was hit in the face – it went through his top lip. He will be scarred for life. He reported what had happened and he ended up being summonsed.”

The teenager also pleaded guilty to stealing items worth £2,625 from a delivery van parked in Buckingham Terrace, Leeholme, and to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour and resisting arrest in Shildon.

A charge of interfering with a vehicle in Coundon, with which he was jointly charged alongside a 14-year-old was withdrawn and dismissed.

In addition to the youth rehabilition order, he was made subject to an eight-week curfew, from 8pm to 7am, and ordered to complete a 21-hour supervision order.

The teenager was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation towards the cost of the items taken from the vehicle – which included a scanner used to record deliveries to customers, a portable DVD player and socket set – and £15 victim surcharge.

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1:20pm Tue 8 Jan 13

jubby says...

Quote - "He reported what had happened and he ended up being summonsed.”

Well of course,what did he expect 'a pat on the back for mindless savage killing and various theft' .
An excellent outcome to get these scumbags off of the streets.I've seen these lowlife walking down the bypass with their guns and lurchers late at night up to no good. What goes around comes around!
Quote - "He reported what had happened and he ended up being summonsed.” Well of course,what did he expect 'a pat on the back for mindless savage killing and various theft' . An excellent outcome to get these scumbags off of the streets.I've seen these lowlife walking down the bypass with their guns and lurchers late at night up to no good. What goes around comes around! jubby
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3:37pm Tue 8 Jan 13

smokin says...

fox hunting with hounds is banned
no difference in my eyes to a dog tearing a rabbit to bits it's barbaric
if you have to kill be it rabbits or vermin do it quickly
anyone who has had a dog bite knows it hurts like hell
so no sympathy from me but he will be showing off his scars like a big man
one day a dog just might turn on them then they will know how it feels to be hunted
fox hunting with hounds is banned no difference in my eyes to a dog tearing a rabbit to bits it's barbaric if you have to kill be it rabbits or vermin do it quickly anyone who has had a dog bite knows it hurts like hell so no sympathy from me but he will be showing off his scars like a big man one day a dog just might turn on them then they will know how it feels to be hunted smokin
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4:55pm Tue 8 Jan 13

vercingetorix says...

poacher ...thief....thug....
.scum of the Earth
poacher ...thief....thug.... .scum of the Earth vercingetorix
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5:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pxatkins says...

You predictably sad sods should be ashamed of your predictably sad comments. 15 year old child gets shot and you rejoice. I'd far rather people like you were off the streets and banned from spreading your vitriol on comment boxes where your cowardice is protected by anonymity.
You predictably sad sods should be ashamed of your predictably sad comments. 15 year old child gets shot and you rejoice. I'd far rather people like you were off the streets and banned from spreading your vitriol on comment boxes where your cowardice is protected by anonymity. pxatkins
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6:02pm Tue 8 Jan 13

robbiejay says...

pxatkins, it's because of people like you that our country is in a mess. This little scrote deserves all he got!
pxatkins, it's because of people like you that our country is in a mess. This little scrote deserves all he got! robbiejay
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6:16pm Tue 8 Jan 13

blaze467 says...

Seems there was other crimes involved. Three men went a killing; they may have been trying a late magic trick of catching a bullet between the teeth. What-ever knob-heads at least. The parents must have known about the guns and the dogs and the rabbit hunting. Shame on them.
Seems there was other crimes involved. Three men went a killing; they may have been trying a late magic trick of catching a bullet between the teeth. What-ever knob-heads at least. The parents must have known about the guns and the dogs and the rabbit hunting. Shame on them. blaze467
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