The appellant pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulently evading the prohibition on the importation of a prohibited species of endangered falcon. He was stopped while entering the country with his car, which was found to contain four young birds of prey, Gyr falcons, worth between GBP 10,000 - 15,000 each.
The defendant was a breeder of rare parrots. He was charged in an indictment with four counts of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a restriction, by virtue of an enactment, on the importation of goods, contrary to section 170(2)(b) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
On 28 November 2000 a consignment arrived at Heathrow from the Cameroons on a Swissair flight via Zurich. The consignor was Mrs Monie and the consignee and importer the appellant. The consignment contained for the most part frozen cassava leaves and indeed that was how the accompanying documents described it.
The appellant pleaded guilty to dealing with goods with intent to evade the prohibition or restriction on their exportation, contrary to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.The appellant was involved in carrying eggs of peregrine falcons with intent to evade the prohibition on their exportation.
On 27 July 2010, at the outbound controls at Heathrow Airport, the appellant presented the UK Border Agency (UKBA) with three CITES re-export permits which had been issued for five rhino horns which he was taking with him in his luggage to Australia.