- James Raeburn accused Peter Lyon of recklessly sailing to endanger him
- Raeburn is president of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association group
- Lyons was banned for 10 years by Raeburn and his committee because of a blog
- Lyons’ post allegedly made derogatory remarks about members of LLAIA
- Leon was found not guilty of negligent navigation and guilty and reckless conduct
- He was fined £320 for fishing on his boat without a license since last June
It is a fisherman’s paradise, a picturesque setting to escape the worries of life and be at one with nature.
But the peaceful waters of Loch Lomond have been rocked by an unfair brawl between the president of Britain’s most prestigious angling society and a disgruntled suspended member.
James Raeburn, president of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, accused Peter Lyons of ‘glowing’ at him in an act of intimidation as he capsized in his boat – with the case ending in court.
Lyons had already been suspended from the association for ten years after refusing to remove a blog post titled Loch Lomond Bitter and Twisted, which contained ‘derogatory remarks’ about the committee.
Peter Lyons (pictured) was banned from fishing at the Scottish beauty site where he had kept his boat for years, the Stirling Sheriff’s Court heard
This meant he was banned from fishing at the Scottish beauty site where he kept his boat for years – and he blamed Mr Raeburn for his ostracism, a court was told.
The 67-year-old retired policeman claimed that Lyons had kept him ‘waiting’ on the return leg of his salmon fishing trip in July last year.
He told the Sterling Sheriff’s Court that Lyons had approached him swiftly and had come so close that he feared he would not have enough room to move away from the bank to avoid underwater obstacles.
Oddly, Mr Raeburn claimed that Lyons was staring at them through binoculars, despite their proximity, the court heard.
He said: ‘As I was heading south, I saw a boat in the middle of the lake, where [it] Only about 400 yards wide.
James Raeburn (right) said Lyon had approached him at speed in his boat and had come so close that he feared he would not have enough room to turn away from the bank to avoid obstacles.
‘I didn’t think about it until I saw that the boat belonged to Peter Lyons. I could see that it was traveling quite fast in my direction until I woke up – white water on the sides.’
He said: ‘It was my impression that he was trying to scare me. I shouted at him several times to back down, but he didn’t answer.
‘Every time I accelerated, he would speed up, if I slowed down, he would slow down.’
Mr Raeburn said the ‘cat and mouse’ chase lasted 45 minutes, adding: ‘Even though he was only 30 feet away, he was looking at me through a pair of binoculars, which I found to be a really strange thing. Put.’
Lyons, 64, a retired architect who defended himself, suggested that Sell-Bye’s account was ‘total fantasy’ and claimed that Mr Raeburn had actually made a ‘sharp’ maneuver that risked entanglement of his propeller. was put in. In some fishing lines.
Lyons had already been suspended from the association for ten years after refusing to remove a blog post titled Loch Lomond Bitter and Twisted.
He continued: ‘It was just a light glint to let you know that despite the ten-year ban I still exist… I just wanted to disrupt your day, make it unpleasant for you.’
After a day’s summary trial, Sheriff Keith O’Mahony found Lyon not guilty of reckless navigation and guilty and reckless conduct, but fined him £320 for fishing without a permit last June.
Referring to the fact that Lyons had taken up a lot of trial with the examination of witnesses in relation to the justice of his suspension, the sheriff said: ‘I must say that there are complaints of conspiracy, politics, committee structure that account for its elasticity. Issuance of permit to Lomond has nothing to do with this court.