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Men found guilty of badger baiting

TWO MEN have been found guilty of badger baiting in west Wales. Simon Evans, 40, and Peter McGuigan, 37, from Llandysul were found guilty at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court last week of four offences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. Sentencing was adjourned until April 3.

The court heard that the defendants were caught by police officers in the area of Boncath, Pembrokeshire in October 2006. A badger was found in the mouth a Lurcher dog and a metre deep hole had been dug close to a badger sett. Bloodstained shovels were also found in the possession of friends who were at the scene.

During the trial, both defendants claimed that they had been out rabbiting and that their dogs accidentally started fighting with a badger.

District judge Mark Layton, sitting at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, said that this was an extremely serious crime and that the bench would consider all sentencing options.