15 April 1998
Cruel farmer walks free pending appeal

FARMER John Findlay, of Redhouse Farm, at Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, was jailed for three months for keeping his cattle starving and knee-deep in filth and slurry.

But he later walked free from Linlithgow Sheriff Court when he was granted interim liberation pending an appeal against the sentence.

He admitted a catalogue of offences involving neglect, cruelty, failing to bury dead animals and failing to tag his cattle.

The court heard Findlay planned to get out of cattle farming and grow crops instead.

  • The Scotsman 15/04/98 page 11