Badger Baiters - M

Name - Mackay Andrew Warner (Chairman of local lurcher and terrier club)

Address - Butt Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse

Convicted - 23/1/89

Fine - £410 and £100 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 37

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers, cruelty to a terrier and not having a dog licence. Said he was after foxes. He also said he was the chairman of his local lurcher and terrier club.


Name - Mackay Martin

Address - Nash Road, Chadwell Heath

Convicted - 16/11/88

Fine - £300 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Rochford

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Michael Dean and Alan Johnson

Notes - Claimed they were looking for foxes. Found guilty of attempting to kill, injure or take a badger. Dean and Johnson were also convicted of cruelty to their dogs, they were banned from keeping dogs for 5 years.


Name - Mackin Desmond Joseph (formally an official representative of the F & M.W.T.C.)

Address - Castle Lodge, Banbridge, County Down

Convicted - 6/10/97

Fine - 4 months

Magistrates - Darlington

Age/D.O.B - 43

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - A haulier was sentenced to four months in prison and banned from keeping any animal for five years after becoming the first man ever to be caught unlawfully transporting a live badger. (formally an official representative of the Fell and Moorland Working Terrier Club) pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a badger and ill-treating a badger at Darlington Magistrates court on 6/10/97. Mackin was arrested by Durham police after being stopped in his lorry on the A66 at Bowes Moor on 11/1/97. Police requested RSPCA assistance after discovering a live badger tied up in a sack in the back of the lorry. Mackin had travelled to County Durham from Northern Ireland. An inspector of the RSPCA's Special Operations Unit, who assisted Durham police, said: "This is an extremely important case. It confirms our suspicions that badgers are being dug out and transported elsewhere for baiting. The badger was found tied up and covered in mud in the middle of the loaded wagon and we believe it had been driven all the way from Northern Ireland to be baited over here". The badger was later found to be pregnant and after recovering from the ordeal gave birth to three cubs. After rehabilitation, the sow along with all the cubs were successfully released into the wild in the South of England.


Name - Maher Peter

Address - Grangeclare, Robenstown, County Kildare

Convicted - 25/4/97

Fine - See below

Magistrates - Trim District Court

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - John Cassey and Patrick Mulligan

Notes - They all admitted interfering with the set of a badger and were described as "blackguards" by a judge at Trim District Court on 25/4/97. Eventually one of the men, Peter Maher was remanded in custody for a seven days. The court heard he had given a false name and address to a wildlife ranger who came across the men. The others were fined. Maher, along with John Casey (32) and Patrick Mulligan jnr (28) were charged with entering lands without the owner's permission on 25/2/96. Casey and Mulligan were told they must pay £100 witness expenses each in addition to fines of £150 and £100 respectively. The judge also disqualified Casey from driving for 12 months for using his car in connection with the offence. The three defendants also admitted interfering with/destroying the breeding place of a protected wild animal and carrying a spade and shovel capable of being used for the hunting of a wild bird or animal. The judge said they had dug 1.3 meters deep into the badger set and "are blackguards". The badger is a protected animal, this is a well-known set in the area and they deliberately had two dogs and another dog in the boot. If a badger catches you he won't let go. It is his only defence. It is disgusting." He remanded Maher in custody for one week to appear again in Trim District Court at a later date. Recognisance was set in the event of an appeal.


Name - Malham Carl

Address - Esk Grove, Hartlepool

Convicted - 8/3/88

Fine - £300 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Teesside

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Ian Mckinley, Gary Wilson and John Connor

Notes - All were found guilty of digging for badgers


Name - Mallet Alan

Address - Bryn Tirion Hill, Bridgend

Convicted - 88/89

Fine - £500 and £500 costs

Magistrates - Carmarthen

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Philip Williams

Notes - Confirmed his involvement with Ledbury Foxhounds, also named four other fox hunts he had followed. Also another conviction for badger digging.


Name - Mallet Alan

Address - Bryn Triron Hill, Bridgend

Convicted - 21/6/89

Fine - £750 and £650 costs

Magistrates - Gloucester

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Philip Williams

Notes - Caught 27/11/88. Both found guilty of digging for a badger, ill-treating a badger and trying to take a badger. Infiltrated by an undercover investigator. This is their second offence for badger digging


Name - Mannix Dennis Luke

Address - 24 Eden Court, Lillington, Leamington Spa

In court - 5/12/90

Found Not guilty

Magistrates - Leamington

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - Simon Eaton and Jason Rheams

Notes - Caught 8/2/90.


Name - Marney Wayne

Address - Hilton Road, Canvey Island

In court - 18/3/88

Found Not guilty

Magistrates - Brentwood

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also charged - Steven Peck and Gary Brewster

Notes - Caught 12/86. Found not guilty of digging for badgers. Mr Barry Gilbert defended all three.


Name - Marriot David Robert

Address - Armstrong Road, Mansfield

Convicted - 20/11/85

Fine - £300 and £40 costs

Magistrates - Mansfield

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Stephen Raymont, David Reast and Stephen Marriot

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. David Reast found guilty of attempting to take a badger and ill-treating a badger.


Name - Marriot Stephen Paul

Address - Armstrong Road, Mansfield

Convicted - 20/11/85

Fine - £300 and £40 costs

Magistrates - Mansfield

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - David Marriot, Stephen Raymont and David Reast

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. David Reast found guilty of attempting to take a badger and ill-treating a badger.


Name - Marum Michael

Address - Chapel Street, Ballanakill, County Laois

Convicted - Autumn 1994

Fine - 6 months suspended sentence and £1000 costs

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Michael Carroll, John Conroy, Tom Conolly and Tom Parr

Notes - 18 charges of cruelty to animals. All brought to court after Channel 4 undercover programme on badger digging holidays in Eire.


Name - Marshall Philip (Gamekeeper for East Dean Park)

Address - Flat 14, Tatchells Forest Road, Midhurst

Convicted - 19/1/94

Fine - 3 months

Magistrates - Worthing

Age/D.O.B - 1/1/53

Also convicted - Rodney Dibble and Stephen Hickson

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers and willfully killing a female and male badger.


Name - Massey Robert John

Address - Westleigh, Southmead, Bristol

Convicted - Autumn 1994

Fine - £240

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also convicted - Steven Farley, Lee Nash, Julian Vokins and Barry Nicolas

Notes - All found guilty of interfering with a badger sett. They were caught by the RSPCA after a tip-off. All banned from keeping dogs for 2 years.


Name - Maxwell Stephen

Address - Kingsland Crescent, Norris Green, Liverpool

Convicted - 4/3/92

Fine - £300 and £42 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Carl Morgan

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 28/8/91


Name - Maxwell Stephen

Address - 26 Hazelbeech Crescent, Liverpool

Convicted - October 1992

Fine - 3 months suspended for 2 years and £109 costs

Magistrates - Market Drayton

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Anthony Culley, Carl Morgan and Stephen Fox

Notes - Caught November 1991. All found guilty of digging for badgers. Maxwell, Morgan and Culley all have convictions for other badger offences.


Name - Maxwell Stephen

Address - 26 Hazelbeech Crescent/ Kingland Crescent, Norris Green, Liverpool

Convicted - 4/12/93

Fine - 6 months and implemented a 3 months sentence from an offence at Market Drayton.

Magistrates - Mold

Age/D.O.B - 32

Also convicted - Anthony Culley and Colin Buoey

Notes - Caught 17/1/93. Found guilty of attempting to take a badger and interfering with a badger sett. They said they were digging for foxes. Maxwell and Culley have previous convictions for badger offences. Maxwell was also banned from owning a dog for the next 5 years.


Name - May Kevin

Address - Frank Webb Avenue, Crewe

Convicted - 3/2/88

Fine - £200 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B - 18

Also convicted - Wayne Oliver

Notes - They were both found guilty of digging for badgers. Both defended by Mr David Sayer. A 14 year old youth was also found guilty of digging for badgers, and will be sentenced at a later date. They all said they were after foxes.


Name - McColgan Peter James (Amateur Huntsman of Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds)

Address - The Kennels, Welton, Dalston

Convicted - 9/8/96

Fine - £150 and £250 costs

Magistrates - Penrith

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Edwin Dickinson

Notes - McColgan was guilty of aiding and abetting Dickinson in interfering with a badger sett by causing a dog to enter the sett. Caught on 6/12/95 when the Cumberland Farmers were out hunting near Penrith when McColgan found that a fox had gone down a hole, he then called over Dickinson. Both men admitted in interviews that they had put a terrier down but said the contentious issue was whether they were signs of the sett being an active one. Both defended by Brian Mark Q.C. Both cleared at Carlisle Crown Court on 6/2/97


Name - McHardy William

Address - Dalry

Convicted - ?

Fine - £200

Magistrates - Kilmarnock

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Alan Wallace, Stephen Campbell

Notes - All three claimed the dogs were only used for chasing rabbits


Name - McKenzie Hamish

Address - Shoreham-by-Sea

Convicted - 10/7/86

Fine - £500 and £40.75 costs

Magistrates - Bromley

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Andrew Bryant

Notes - Caught mid Feb. 86. They said they were hunting rabbits. Rudi Fortson defended them. A third person unknown got away. They were found guilty of hunting for badgers, and a charge of digging for badgers was dismissed.


Name - McKinley Ian

Address - Earlston Walk, Hartlepool

Convicted - 8/3/88

Fine - £250 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Teesside

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Gary Wilson, John Connor and Carl Malham

Notes - All were found guilty of digging for badgers.


Name - McKinna Duncan (Gamekeeper)

Address - Nursery Cottage, Sorn Estate

Convicted - 17/6/94

Fine - £500 see below

Magistrates - Ayr

Age/D.O.B - Aged 29

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - He was fined £150 for killing a badger and £350 for possession of a dead badger, which was found in his freezer


Name - McLaughlin Anthony

Address - Stevenage

In court - ?

Not guilty

Magistrates - Welwyn

Age/D.O.B -

Also charged - Mark Bird

Notes -There were both seen going into the woods with terriers and spades by a keen naturalist. But found not guilty because no badger hairs could be found on any of their equipment/terriers. After the court case they said they would still hunt foxes but with a proper hunt.


Name - McLeary William

Address - Greenthorpe Hill, Leeds

Convicted - 29/7/87

Fine - 2 months and £500 fine later reduced at appeal to 1 month and £100 fine

Magistrates - Driffield

Age/D.O.B - 34

Also convicted - Anthony Hooton, Andrew Talbot, Ian Myres and Andrew Mudd

Notes - Caught 30/12/86. McLeary appealed against three offences attempting to kill, injure or take a badger, one of digging for badgers and further offence of cruelly ill-treating his dog. Banned from keeping dogs for 4 years.


Name - McMullen Thomas

Address - 13 Station Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port

Convicted - 9/9/87

Fine - £125 and £35 costs

Magistrates - Neston

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Ian Griffiths and Paul Hughes

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers and injuring badgers. There was also a 16 year old youth there who could not be named, may have been a fourth person also who actually killed the badger. The youth was fined £20 for digging and £30 for injuring the badger and £20 costs.


Name - McMullen Thomas

Address - 13 Station Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port

Convicted - 10/10/87

Fine - £100 and £31.03 costs

Magistrates - Chester

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Paul Hughes, Keith Thomas, Kevin Walsh and Charles Fisher

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers


Name - McNally James

Address - Horn Drive, West Belfast

Convicted - Spring 1991

Fine - £120

Magistrates - Belfast

Age/D.O.B - Born 1964

Also convicted - Martin Owens, Sean Price and John Shannon

Notes - All found guilty of cruelty to a fox which they then bagged, before it was set upon by seven dogs. All banned from keeping dogs for 2 years.


Name - Melody Kevin Patrick

Address - ?

Convicted - 18/9/90

Fine - £400 and £140 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Graham Evans and Simon Camps

Notes -


Name - Mercer Thomas Edward

Address - The Bungalow, Cross Swords Farm, Boot Road, Chorley

First in court on 3/8/90, then 5/12/90.

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Telford

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - David Bradshaw, Steven Fishwick

Notes - Charged with attempting to dig for a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. Mercer also faces four charges of aiding and abetting Bradshaw and Fishwick to commit cruelty offences.


Name - Mitchell Andrew Richard

Address - 71 Old Lane, Birkenshaw, Bradford

Convicted - 1986

Fine - £400 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 19

Also convicted - Darryl Aram and Andrew Mitchell

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 6.00am August Bank Holiday Monday. They said they were looking for foxes.


Name - Moore Gary (Dartmoor Foxhounds supporter)

Address - Ippleton, Newton Abbot

Due in court Autumn 1992

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Tavistock

Age/D.O.B -

Also charged - Michael Weir, Jonathan Northmoor and Paul Williams

Notes - All charged with 2 offences of interfering with a badger sett.


Name - Morgan Brinley

Address - Plymouth Wood Close, Ely, Cardiff

Convicted - March 1985

Fine - ?

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted -

Notes - Fined for keeping a badger


Name - Morgan Carl

Address - 51 Belmont Drive, Liverpool

Convicted - 4/3/92

Fine - £300 and £42 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Stephen Maxwell

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 28/8/91


Name - Morgan Carl

Address - 51 Belmont Drive, Liverpool

Convicted - October 1992

Fine - 3 months suspended for 2 years and £109 costs

Magistrates - Market Drayton

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Anthony Culley, Stephen Maxwell and Stephen Fox.

Notes - Caught November 1991. All found guilty of digging for badgers. Maxwell, Morgan and Culley all have convictions for other badger offences.


Name - Morley Gary

Address - Garret Avenue, Ravensdale, Mansfield

In court 22/10/87

Not guilty (see below)

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B -19

Also charged - Andrew Holmes and Christopher Burgess

Notes - Caught 13/2/87. Found not guilty of digging for badgers. But they were found guilty of trespassing for rabbits without a licence and each fined £40. Holmes at the time of the court case was serving a sentence for assault. All three have pervious conviction for badger offences


Name - Morley Gary

Address - Middleton Court, Mansfield

Convicted - 27/1/88

Fine - £500 and £165 costs see below

Magistrates - Loughborough

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Christopher Burgess and Andrew Holmes

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for a badger. £250 for each charge. They said they were after rabbits.


Name - Morley Gary

Address - Middleton Court, Mansfield

Convicted - 28/4/88

Fine - £600 and £120 costs

Magistrates - Newark

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Neil Lowery, Andrew Holmes and Christopher Burgess

Notes - Holmes, Morley and Burgess have previous convictions for badger related offences. Found guilty of two offences of digging for badgers on 21/2/87 and 1/3/87. They said they were after foxes.


Name - Morley Gary

Address - Bull Farm, Mansfield

Convicted - 19/2/88

Fine - £700 and £30 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Christopher Burgess and Keith Greasley

Notes - Morley and Burgess have previous convictions for badgers related offences. Burgess pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping a dog without a licence and the theft of a dog in August 87. Morley pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping two dogs without a licence and failing to surrender to bail. Greasley pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping two dogs without a licence and three other motoring offences. Mr Peter Jones defended Burgess and Morley, Greasley was defended by Mr John Turner.


Name - Morris David

Address - Wood Street, Alfreton, Derby

Convicted - 15/5/84 and appealed 13/12/84

Fine - 2 year conditional discharge and £236 costs, and ordered to pay £100 costs at the appeal (2 year conditional discharge to stand)

Magistrates - Alfreton

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Philip Harrison, Lewis Edwards, Kevin Baines and Paul Cartwright

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to injure or take a badger from a sett and digging for badgers. Caught July 1883. All defended by Mr John Winch, they all said they were looking for badgers.


Name - Morris Leslie

Address - Golf Link Cottages, Downley Common

Convicted - 15/7/98

Fine - £150 with £50 costs

Magistrates - High Wycombe

Age/D.O.B - 29

Also convicted -

Notes - Gamekeeper Leslie Morris of Golf Link Cottages, Downley Common, Buckinghamshire appeared in court charged with killing protected wild animals. Morris appeared before Wycombe magistrates on 24/10/97 and was remanded on bail until November 12. He faced a total of 16 charges: four of taking a badger; destroying a badger sett; handling a stolen Honda quad bike, (the property of Gold Star Trading); two breaches of firearms certificate regulations; killing three wild owls; setting snares to injure wild animals; using an illuminating device to assist in the killing of a badger; two cases of killing a sparrowhawk; using a Fenn trap for foxes in a non-approved way; taking an unknown number of badgers and of killing a buzzard. The charges relate to dates from January 1996 to August 1997 in the High Wycombe area. Leslie Morris was cleared of killing badgers, sparrowhawks and a buzzard on the Dashwood Estate in Buckinghamshire. High Wycombe magistrates heard on 15/7/98 how Morris a gamekeeper for the Bradenham Hill shooting syndicate had recorded his killings in a sportsman's journal. During the trial Jason Runciman, an underkeeper, told the court that Morris had admitted killing badgers and feeding live fox cubs to his dogs. Morris was fined £150 with £50 costs for keeping ammunition unsecured.


Name - Morrissey Thomas (Publican)

Address - Cassagh

In court - ?

His charges were dropped

Magistrates - New Ross

Age/D.O.B -

Also charged - Thomas Roachford and Tom Quinn

Notes - Both the others were found guilty of unlawfully killing a badger and two cubs. Caught 15/4/90.


Name - Mossop Raymond (Youth employment supervisor)

Address - Palmers Lane, Millom

Convicted - 30/1/83

Fine - £700

Magistrates - Millom

Age/D.O.B - 46

Also convicted - Stephen Mossop, Alan O'Brian, Michael Crelin and John Turner

Notes - Raymond Mossop held the badger up in the air while his son Stephen hit it with a spade. They were caught when they sent their film to Colourtrend to be developed. Found guilty of digging for badgers.


Name - Mossop Stephen

Address - Palmers Lane, Millom

Convicted - 30/1/83

Fine - £700

Magistrates - Millom

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Raymond Mossop, Alan O'Brian, Michael Crelin and John Turner

Notes - Raymond Mossop held the badger up in the air while his son Stephen hit it with a spade. They were caught when they sent their film to Colourtrend to be developed. Found guilty of digging for badgers.


Name - Mountford Leslie James

Address - 132 Higher Green Lane, or Ashton/Ellesmere Street, Tyldesley

Convicted - 20/8/87 and appealed

Fine - £500 and £150 costs

Magistrates - Vale Royal and Knutsford Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Gerald Treanor, Anthony Concannon and Vernon Brown

Notes - They claimed they were hunting for rabbits. Found guilty of badger baiting. Judge Geoffery Kilfoil was at Knutsford Crown Court.


Name - Movat Stephen

Address - St Ambrose Court, Liverpool

In court 12/12/82

Not guilty

Magistrates - Wirral

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also charge - Peter Dobbs and Stephen Kendrick

Notes - All found not guilty of unlawfully attempting to take a badger. Caught August 1982. However a charge of causing £70 damage to Royden Park was proved and they were fined £35 each. They said they were hunting foxes and had killed over 400 in the last few years. Movat also has a conviction for other badger offences.


Name -Movat Steven

Address - Redromes, Bootle

Convicted - 28/8/87

Fine - £500 and £73 costs

Magistrates - Flint

Age/D.O.B - 29

Also convicted - Francis Guatella, Andrew Kelly and Robert Gilmore

Notes - They said they were after foxes. All found guilty of digging for a badgers


Name - Mudd Andrew George John

Address - Bodmin Place, Middleton, Leeds

Convicted - Did not appear in court with the others, due to appear 24/8/87 (no press clippings of the verdict)

Fine - ?

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B - 19

Also convicted - Anthony Hooton, Andrew Talbot, Ian Myres and Ian Myres.

Notes - See Anthony Hooton.


Name - Mudd Andrew George John

Address - Bodmin Place, Middleton, Leeds

In court 29/7/87

Case adjourned

Magistrates - Driffield

Age/D.O.B - Born 1969

Also charged - Anthony Hooton, William McLeary, Andrew Talbot and Ian Myres.

Notes -


Name - Mullahy Andrew

Address - Bridgend Road, Measteg

Convicted - Spring 1995

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Tenby

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - John Hill, Brian James and Paul Brian

Notes - All pleaded guilty to digging for badgers.


Name - Mulligan Patrick

Address - Knockmore, Carbury, County Kildare

Convicted - 25/4/97

Fine - See below

Magistrates - Trim District Court

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also convicted - Peter Maher and John Casey

Notes - They all admitted interfering with the set of a badger and were described as "blackguards" by a judge at Trim District Court on 25/4/97. Eventually one of the men, Peter Maher was remanded in custody for a seven days. The court heard he had given a false name and address to a wildlife ranger who came across the men. The others were fined. Maher, along with John Casey (32) and Patrick Mulligan jnr (28) were charged with entering lands without the owner's permission on 25/2/96. Casey and Mulligan were told they must pay £100 witness expenses each in addition to fines of £150 and £100 respectively. The judge also disqualified Casey from driving for 12 months for using his car in connection with the offence. The three defendants also admitted interfering with/destroying the breeding place of a protected wild animal and carrying a spade and shovel capable of being used for the hunting of a wild bird or animal. The judge said they had dug 1.3 meters deep into the badger set and "are blackguards". The badger is a protected animal, this is a well-known set in the area and they deliberately had two dogs and another dog in the boot. If a badger catches you he won't let go. It is his only defence. It is disgusting." He remanded Maher in custody for one week to appear again in Trim District Court at a later date. Recognisance was set in the event of an appeal.


Name - Mullin William Richard

Address - Wythenshaw, Manchester

Convicted - 20/4/90

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Macclesfield

Age/D.O.B - 24/1/62

Also convicted - Vincent Walldock, David Lonston and Jonathan Crowther

Notes -


Name - Murray Keith

Address - Golden Grove, Roscrea, Co.Tipperary

Convicted - 25/5/01

Fine - £1000

Magistrates - Roscrea District Court, Co Tipperary

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Donnacha Doyle

Notes - On 24/5/01 at Roscrea District Court Co Tipperary the judge adjourned sentencing in the case of two men convicted of badger baiting offences. Donnacha Doyle (19) of Benamore, Roscrea and Keith Murray (21) of Golden Grove, Roscrea Co.Tipperary will now face sentencing on the 26/5/01 at Roscrea District Court. They were both ordered to pay a total of £1,000 to be divided equally between Badger Watch Ireland and the ISPCA. They faced charges of interfering with a badger sett and baiting a badger with terriers. The court heard how a gang of four, two of whom were fourteen years of age, were seen walking away from a badger sett and it was noted that one of their terriers was bleeding and had a gash between its eyes and nose. There was evidence that the sett had been dug into and both defendants told the local rangers that they couldn't get down the full distance into it because of stones and rocks. They told the ranger that the terrier had attacked a badger in the sett. They were not able to provide the ranger with any excuse for their actions. However in court, their solicitor said that they were "hunting rabbits" and one of their dogs went into a hole. The judge said she couldn't believe the defendants' story and convicted them, saying "I have no doubt in my mind that they were badger baiting".


Name - Murray Martin

Address - Stockbridge Close, Greatfield Estate, Hull

Convicted - ?

Fine - £300 and £300 costs

Magistrates - Pocklington

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Andrew Dalton and John Fairburn

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers and attempting to kill a badger. They said they were looking for foxes. Dalton also has another conviction for cruelty to a dog 22/1/93.


Name - Murry Martin Edward

Address - Corcrain Gardens, Portadown

Convicted - 28/1/89

Fine - 6 months in a Young Offenders Centre and £50 fine

Magistrates - Craigavon

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Jeffrey Duncan, Peter Gorman and Colin Duncan.

Notes - All four banned from having any animal for life. All found guilty of seven charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger and ill-treated three Staffordshire bull terriers, two Jack Russell's and a wire haired terrier. Mr Hugo Marley defended all four.


Name - Murray Paul

Address - 254 Maidstone Close, Ernesettle, Plymouth or Llewellyn Avenue, Cardiff

Convicted - 9/1/86

Fine - £300 and £200 costs

Magistrates - Taunton

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Christopher Newton, Phillip Dann and Christopher Lewis

Notes - Newton was fined £500 because of a previous 8 convictions of badger digging in 1981, and was then fined £1,086. In his own written records seized by police showed that in 1981 alone he had killed 48 foxes, 11 badgers, 13 hares and 2 deer. He had killed 70 badgers altogether at the time of his arrest.


Name - Myres Ian Lawerence

Address - Helston Walk, Middleton, Leeds

Convicted - 29/7/87

Fine - £500 fine

Magistrates - Driffield

Age/D.O.B - Born 1963

Also convicted - Anthony Hooton, William McLeary, Andrew Talbot and Andrew Mudd

Notes -

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