Theft of Cattle

On 17 November 1997, Daniel Quinn was convicted of five offences. In the eyes of the authorities, this warranted the theft of the entire herd of cattle from Powhillon farm, the imposition of fines totalling £3700 and his disqualification from having custody of farm animals for three years. The charges also resulted in notoriety for Daniel Quinn in the media, in particular Border Television, paraphrasing the proceedings and outcome by stating that he had been convicted of having one of the most emaciated herds in Scotland.

As a result of the theft of R Hill & Co cattle and the subsequent illegal eviction of R Hill & Co from Powhillon farm, complaints and allegations were made to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary against: Procurator Fiscals, - David Howdle and Bob Morrison, Ministry vets - Kathryn Kerr and Dr Michael Lamont and also Dumfries and Galloway Police force.

Months of correspondence followed between R Hill & Co and senior police officers from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary until it descended into wrongful accusations by Deputy Chief Constable Bob Ovens, and letters in which he stated that he had passed our correspondence onto the person our complaint was against "for his consideration".

Public prosecution in Scotland is carried out by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). This is a department of the Scottish Executive. The head of the prosecution service is the Lord Advocate, assisted by the Solicitor General for Scotland . However, the day-to-day running of the service is devolved to the procurators fiscal. There are 48 procurator fiscal's offices which are organised into six regions corresponding to the six sheriffdoms in Scotland.