Illegal trader had 517 shark jaws in his house


Steven Paterson, 48, became the first person in Scotland to be convicted of trading parts of endangered species.

The court was told that Paterson, a father of two, was caught after officials from the UK Border Agency came across his website.

Police then searched his home in Glenrothes, Fife, where they found hundreds of specimens including 517 shark jaws, 78 teeth, 16 skulls and a skin, pelt and claws.

Shona McJannett, prosecuting, said Paterson did not have a trading licence, but his site offered a number of items for sale.

Category: Exploitation, Shark Bites

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