A hunter was today fined €4,650 and banned from hunting for three years after being convicted of hunting at the Natura 2000 Nature Reserve in Mellieha.

Carl Borg, 30 of Mellieha, had been accompanied by another hunter, Christian Gauci, 27 of Mellieha, when they were filmed hunting within the reserve by a BBC crew.

Borg also had his gun confiscated.

Gauci had pleaded guilty when the two were arraigned,. He was fined €4,658 and banned for three years and had his gun confiscated.

Both men had been hooded while inside the reserve.

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