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Former Aberdeen poacher Stanley Murray told to 'behave himself'

A 78-year-old man jailed for breaching a court order over poaching has been told he can avoid custody by behaving.

Stanley Murray, of Aberdeen, was banned from a section of the River Don in 1968.

In recent years he had been campaigning for the order to be lifted so that he could walk along the river.

He was released from a jail sentence last year, and now appeal judges have said he could again be jailed if the issue arises again.

The pensioner was jailed for three months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 23 September after admitting breaking the 43-year-old interdict.

He spent eight nights in Craiginches jail.

'Delight' at decision

Appeal judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh heard advocate Dan Byrne renew the promise to obey court orders.

The judges decided to quash the three-month sentence and substitute one of 14 days instead - making Mr Murray a free man.

Lord Clarke said: "Whatever grievance he may have, which may go back a long time, that can never form the basis for refusing to obtemper a valid order of the court."

Lord Clarke warned he would find the appeal court "without sympathy" if he did it again.

As he left the Court of Session, the pensioner said he was "delighted" with the decision.

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