From the Harry diving with Royal Navy
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I was actually shocked when I finally realized that they are deciding whether or not to charge Prince Harry and other members of the shooting party with the crime of killing hen harriers, and they don't even have any carcasses!
According to the above article, they did not recover the bodies of the endangered birds. In fact, all they have are the statements of "reliable witnesses" that the birds were even shot down. They don't have the dead birds, and they don't have eye witnesses who saw the persons that did the shooting. I don't understand how can they could possibly charge anyone. Wouldn't they need better proof than that?
Taking into account the absence of any carcasses, the authorities are actually taking the words of the witnesses as truth without any physical evidence of wrongdoing. How can that be?
The paragraph below from the article is very similiar to other statements in all of the articles I could find about this bird-shooting incident, and every article I've seen says that the carcasses of the birds were not found. If someone has seen an article that says the carcasses were recovered I'd love to see it, because I genuinely couldn't find one.
I really think it's awful for Prince Harry and his companions to be accused of something as serious as this without any physical evidence that the endangered birds were actually killed.
A paragraph from the article...
Last night attention was turning back to the Sandringham incident with the Crown Prosecution Service confirming it was expecting to receive the police file on the case today or tomorrow. That will determine if Harry or other members of the shooting party should be charged.
The hen harriers were killed last week, according to three witnesses. But no one saw who fired the shots and no carcasses have been found
. All that has been confirmed is that the prince, a keen country sportsman who enjoys pheasant shoots, was in the area at the time and has been spoken to by police.
In addition, police are understood to have interviewed two other people who were with him. One is said to be a member of the Van Cutsem family, who have close ties with the Royal Family. The third is believed to be a game keeper or royal protection officer."
Maybe Skydragon or someone else who is familiar with the british legal process will know the answer to this question: If no carcasses are ever found, how could the Crown Prosecution Service think to charge anyone with anything? Would they actually base their charges on hearsay?