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Farmer who fired gun at hunting party sentenced

A man found guilty of repeatedly firing a rifle at a group of hunters in Aberdeenshire has been given probation.

Michael Sutherland, 38, of Newburgh, had denied culpably and recklessly firing at the hunters, who were shooting birds near his farm in 2009.

The court heard he shot towards the men hunting in the field in Foveran.

Sutherland was placed on probation for two years at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and also ordered to do 300 hours of community service.

Witness Owen Jackman previously told the trial how he feared someone was going to die when his party came under fire.

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