Seventh man appears in court on Shetland Catch fraud charges

A seventh man has been charged in connection with illegal fish landings at the Shetland Catch factory more than four years ago.

Hamish Slater, 51, joint skipper of the Fraserburgh-registered pelagic boat Enterprise, appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday to face allegations of fraud and attempted fraud.

His co-skipper Victor Buschini, from Lancashire, was one of six men to appear on similar charges in the same court almost two weeks ago, including three Whalsay skippers and the former and current managing director of Shetland Catch. It is understood the charges relate to an estimated £50 million worth of fish.

Mr Slater made no plea or declaration and was granted bail while further investigations are carried out.


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