Bodycam footage (pictured above) taken by officers from the Southern IFCA was a key piece of proof offered to Poole Magistrates’ Courtroom at a listening to on 27 January.
Geoffrey Bennett was discovered responsible of failing with out affordable excuse to adjust to a path fairly given by IFCA officers.
Officers offered proof to the courtroom that on 3 September, 2020 in Poole Harbour, Mr Bennett returned from fishing aboard his vessel Sea Turkey PE 443 to the marina wall in entrance of the slipway at Rockley Boat Park Marina. As soon as alongside, Mr Bennett dropped off his crewman who walked to a van parked close by.
When the officers went to examine the vessel, the crewman drove away within the van, and Mr Bennett sailed his vessel away from the marina wall, despite the SIFCA officers issuing quite a few instructions asking him to cease to permit an inspection of his catch.
The officers noticed a big amount of Manila clams, with an estimated weight of 425kg and a first-sale worth of between £1,275 and £1,487.50, on the deck of the fishing vessel. The clams have been clearly seen within the bodycam footage that was offered to the courtroom.
Mr Bennett claimed in courtroom that he had not seen the officers or heard their instructions.
On reviewing the proof out there, the courtroom didn’t discover Mr Bennett’s account credible. He was discovered responsible of two fees of failing to adjust to officers. He was fined £6,000, and ordered to pay prosecution prices of £10,000 and a sufferer surcharge of £180.
Commenting on the prosecution, SIFCA’s deputy chief officer Sam Dell mentioned: “This case sends a transparent message that failing to adjust to the authority’s officers won’t be tolerated. The Marine and Coastal Entry Act offers our officers widespread enforcement powers to hold out inspections. It supplies strong laws to guard officers towards such a misconduct.
“The Southern IFCA is dedicated to defending the fishery to make sure wholesome seas and a viable business. By taking offenders to courtroom, we purpose to help a sustainable native fishery.”