OAP jailed after poaching 43 years ago
A DEFIANT great-grandad pledged last night to continue his battle to have a 43-year-old ban on visiting a river bank lifted — despite being jailed for refusing to give up his fight.
Ex-poacher Stanley Murray was ordered to keep away from Aberdeen’s River Don in 1968.
78-year-old jailed for breaching river ban for poaching salmon
A 78-year-old has been jailed for breaching a ban for poaching salmon from his local river.
Stan Murray was banned from fishing in the River Don in 1968 by the local landowner after he was caught poaching.
The pensioner, from Aberdeen, has been campaigning for several years to get the interim interdict rescinded.
He appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday and was jailed for three months for contempt of court.
Murray launched a legal battle to be allowed back to the eight-mile stretch of river in 2001, but the cost of the action caused him to drop it.
In 2008 he took his protest to the landowner’s home, demonstrating with a placard outside Grandhome House, which sits close to the area the interdict applies to.
Richard Baker, Labour MSP for the north-east, has criticised the decision to jail Murray.
He said: “Clearly if an offence has been committed then somebody has to receive a penalty but I think most people will think it’s extraordinary that on this occasion somebody who is 78 has ended up in jail.
“This gentleman should have had some kind of penalty put in place but after all the courts are able to give a whole range of different penalties, including fines or indeed community sentences.”