A poacher caught in the early hours claimed he could not sleep because of a tooth abscess and his dog had needed a walk, a court heard.
Father-of-two Howard Lewin (47) was seen by in a public area off a field on Castle Road, Colne, by police. He was in the area rabbiting.
Lewin, of Dickson Street, Colne, admitted entering land adjacent to Castle Road as a trespasser at night with poaching equipment. He had a battery-operated lamp used for the purpose of taking or destroying game with him on August 11th.
The defendant, who was in breach of a suspended sentence, was fined £65, with a £150 criminal court charge and a £20 victim surcharge.
The Bench at Burnley Magistrates’ Court did not activate the suspended term, as they said it would be unjust.
Mr Nick Cassidy, for Lewin, said he admitted the offence when he was interviewed by the police.
He lived at an address adjacent to the area. On the night he was spotted by police he had been having trouble sleeping and he walked into a back field with his dog.
”He was astounded, to be quite honest,” said Mr Cassidy “That he was arrested at that point. He thought it was a public area.”
Mr Cassidy added the defendant had spent a considerable time on remand for the offence for which he received the suspended term.
His parents were very ill and his two daughters were dependent on him.
The solicitor said Lewin’s prospects had lately improved. “He has had trouble finding employment, but is due to start work for a local farmer in Trawden,” he said.