Golfer Battered Fox for Stealing Biscuit from Bag

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Golfer Battered Fox for Stealing Biscuit from Bag


Byline: Charlotte Thomson

A GOLFER who battered a tame fox with a golf club after it tried to steal his chocolate biscuit was yesterday fined [pounds sterling]750 - and had the driver he used confiscated.

Donald Forbes, 55, lashed out at the fox, striking it on the head after he spotted it rummaging through his bag during a round at his local course.

The creature was so badly injured in the attack that it had to be put out of its misery by another golfer.

Forbes went on trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday accused of striking the fox with the 'intent to inflict unnecessary suffering'.

Giving evidence, he told how the creature managed to sink its teeth into his Tunnocks caramel wafer by chewing through his golf bag at Peterculter Golf Club on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

And he claimed he felt so threatened by the animal that he tried to scare it away with his driver.

But Sheriff Annella Cowan said evidence in the case proved he was out for revenge on the fox and had used his club as a weapon.

She added: 'To be perfectly frank, my understanding was you had seen it, you became annoyed with it going for your chocolate biscuit, you hit it on the head with your driver.

'You did it deliberately. I am satisfied you are guilty of this offence.' Witnesses said they saw the company boss run at the animal moments before he battered it over the head last September 10.

The fox had become a popular fixture at the club, where some members fed it.

Forbes' golfing companion, Graeme Duthie, 55, said the animal barely moved after his friend hit it.

Mr Duthie, also of Peterculter, said they had spotted the fox several times that day.

He added: 'The fox was biting Donald's bag. Donald ran towards the bag and shouted at it. He hit it with the club in his hand.

'I think he got a shock because it didn't run away after shouting so loudly at it. …

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