Swan-killer caught by angler while stuffing headless corpse into rucksack

News Shopper: Hasan Fidan was caught stuffing the swan into his bag, as seen by this snap taken by Bob Morris Hasan Fidan was caught stuffing the swan into his bag, as seen by this snap taken by Bob Morris

An angler with a business in Dartford has caught a swan-killer redhanded as the man bungled the headless creature into a rucksack.

Hasan Fidan, 46, beheaded the swan and stuffed its decapitated corpse into a bag at the scenic 18-acre Bennett's Lake in Hildenbough.

It is believed the creature was later chopped up and frozen at Fidan’s home in Tonbridge.

Fidan was arrested after Bob Morris handed a photo to cops of Fidan zipping up his on March 18 this year.

Mr Morris, who runs Bob Morris Custom Rods at the Swan Business Park in Sandpit Road, Dartford, said he watched in horror as the thug killed the bird.

The 64-year-old said: "He grabbed the swan and sat down on it and then took out a knife and cut its head off.

"I was stunned - I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

"I tried to take his rucksack from him, but he grabbed it and ran off."

Mr Morris, who is a volunteer bailiff, took a photo as Fidan stuffed the swan's body into his rucksack.

The picture of the  man, who is of eastern European origin, was circulated on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks to the snap, police soon discovered the swan killer's identity and tracked him down to his home in Tonbridge 10 days after the incident.

Police confirmed the photo taken by Mr Morris was used to identify the swan-killer when he was spotted at another lake on March 28.

Mr Morris - whose book Carping Aside was published last year - said police had discovered the swan cut up into portions in a freezer at Fidan’s home.

He said: "It's horrific really - swans and carp need to be protected, as they are being caught and eaten more and more these days."

Angler Bob Morris 

News Shopper: Swan-killer caught by angler whilst stuffing headless corpse into rucksack

Local wildlife lover Steve Robinson and Kent 999s both tweeted Mr Morris’s photo of the crook, showing him wearing a red jacket as he zips up his red and black rucksack with the dead swan inside by the side of the lake.

Mr Robinson said at the time: "This b***ard is killing swans in the Tonbridge area, here he is after putting one in his bag."

Mr Robinson said Fidan hacked off the swan's head so it would fit into his rucksack, but ran off when confronted by angry anglers.

At Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (May 27), Fidan was handed a £110 fine, with £85 in court costs and a £20 victim surcharge - a total of £215 - after pleading guilty to killing a wild bird.

Is killing a swan treason?

The legend goes all swans are the property of the Queen, and killing one is an act of treason (a punishment which traditionally carried the death penalty).

However the Law Commission has said this is “not quite” the case.

Since the 12th century, the Crown has held the right to ownership over all wild, unmarked mute swans in open water.

However, the Queen only exercises this right over parts of the Thames and its tributaries.

The responsibility is shared with the Vintners’ Company and the Dyers’ Company (livery companies of the City of London).

The monarchy's swans were marked by a royal Swan Marker, a job still in existence, but now involves advising organisations on swan welfare.

The Law Commission said in a briefing note last year: “Every year, the Swan Upping ceremony is carried out by the Crown and the companies to record and mark all the swans in the area.

“Killing one of the Queen’s mute swans may be unlawful, but it has never been an act of treason.

“Furthermore, tame swans and all other varieties of wild swan (eg whooper and Bewick’s swans) are free.”

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5:45pm Thu 29 May 14

cherished says...

Believe in karma!
Believe in karma! cherished
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Thu 29 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Karma would be Fidan getting stuffed with Paxo in the clink.
Karma would be Fidan getting stuffed with Paxo in the clink. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 23

7:14am Fri 30 May 14

Witchkid says...

Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December..........
Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December.......... Witchkid
  • Score: 55

8:28am Fri 30 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Witchkid wrote:
Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December..........
This man is Turkish, not Eastern European.

As for "Eastern European" "habits, I spent St George's Day in a city in Romania. Hundreds of people were attending an open air church service to celebrate the same. Quite frankly I prefer that kind of celebration to the English version of inebriates in football shirts shouting F words at each other.
[quote][p][bold]Witchkid[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December..........[/p][/quote]This man is Turkish, not Eastern European. As for "Eastern European" "habits, I spent St George's Day in a city in Romania. Hundreds of people were attending an open air church service to celebrate the same. Quite frankly I prefer that kind of celebration to the English version of inebriates in football shirts shouting F words at each other. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -41

9:14am Fri 30 May 14

paulbexleyheath says...

send him home
send him home paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 46

1:15pm Fri 30 May 14

kentlad says...

Witchkid wrote:
Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December..........
Totally agree i also witnessed an incident last year at a lake in Dartford where a small group of eastern European men were caught stealing a rather big bucket of Carp at 6am in the morning. The Police were called and the men taken away but, the owner said they had lost a huge number of carp over the past few months. Regular members had also complained that the stock in the lakes had got pretty low so god knows how many these men had stolen before getting caught.

I won’t get started on the illegal immigrant topic but the government have a lot to answer to for letting this country get over crowded with immigrants and as 'Witchkid' said above they bring their habits with them along with the crimes they commit.
[quote][p][bold]Witchkid[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, immigrants tend to bring their habits with them, and think it's acceptable to slaughter our wildlife (and even pets) for a free meal. Since carp are very popular for Xmas dinner in Eastern Europe (including pet Koi!), I would imagine Bennett's Lake will be a prime target come December..........[/p][/quote]Totally agree i also witnessed an incident last year at a lake in Dartford where a small group of eastern European men were caught stealing a rather big bucket of Carp at 6am in the morning. The Police were called and the men taken away but, the owner said they had lost a huge number of carp over the past few months. Regular members had also complained that the stock in the lakes had got pretty low so god knows how many these men had stolen before getting caught. I won’t get started on the illegal immigrant topic but the government have a lot to answer to for letting this country get over crowded with immigrants and as 'Witchkid' said above they bring their habits with them along with the crimes they commit. kentlad
  • Score: 43

10:53pm Fri 30 May 14

HadEnoughOfYouLot says...

goldenbroomboy......
go and live in Romania then. That is the way we British do it, if you don't like it, you know what to do!

You people make me sick, if you don't like what we do and how we do it, WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR?

A better life, better prospects, because the country you're from can't offer that for you? The UK is this way because WE made it this way, We did it our way, not you're way. So, do one of two things, join us and do things the way we do it (we've proven it works and your's doesnt) or go back home and try to change things for the better.
goldenbroomboy...... go and live in Romania then. That is the way we British do it, if you don't like it, you know what to do! You people make me sick, if you don't like what we do and how we do it, WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR? A better life, better prospects, because the country you're from can't offer that for you? The UK is this way because WE made it this way, We did it our way, not you're way. So, do one of two things, join us and do things the way we do it (we've proven it works and your's doesnt) or go back home and try to change things for the better. HadEnoughOfYouLot
  • Score: 8

8:33am Sat 31 May 14

kentmum says...

Well done Mr Morris!
Well done Mr Morris! kentmum
  • Score: 8

11:46am Sat 31 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

HadEnoughOfYouLot wrote:
goldenbroomboy......

go and live in Romania then. That is the way we British do it, if you don't like it, you know what to do!

You people make me sick, if you don't like what we do and how we do it, WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR?

A better life, better prospects, because the country you're from can't offer that for you? The UK is this way because WE made it this way, We did it our way, not you're way. So, do one of two things, join us and do things the way we do it (we've proven it works and your's doesnt) or go back home and try to change things for the better.
My birth certificate reads "Bromley in the County of Kent".

I thought everybody here knew that by now.
[quote][p][bold]HadEnoughOfYouLot[/bold] wrote: goldenbroomboy...... go and live in Romania then. That is the way we British do it, if you don't like it, you know what to do! You people make me sick, if you don't like what we do and how we do it, WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR? A better life, better prospects, because the country you're from can't offer that for you? The UK is this way because WE made it this way, We did it our way, not you're way. So, do one of two things, join us and do things the way we do it (we've proven it works and your's doesnt) or go back home and try to change things for the better.[/p][/quote]My birth certificate reads "Bromley in the County of Kent". I thought everybody here knew that by now. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Ludkinbridge says...

Strange name that: Bromley in the County of Kent. You need to change it.
Strange name that: Bromley in the County of Kent. You need to change it. Ludkinbridge
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ms day says...

Vote ukip send these animals home
Vote ukip send these animals home ms day
  • Score: 9

2:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

patwoodhouse says...

While the death of this swan is a horrific crime, I do find it somewhat ironic that the angler, pictured in some glory pose with another once living creature, considers himself innocent. In my eyes BOTH are guilty of murdering wildlife.
While the death of this swan is a horrific crime, I do find it somewhat ironic that the angler, pictured in some glory pose with another once living creature, considers himself innocent. In my eyes BOTH are guilty of murdering wildlife. patwoodhouse
  • Score: -7

7:43pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Witchkid says...

patwoodhouse wrote:
While the death of this swan is a horrific crime, I do find it somewhat ironic that the angler, pictured in some glory pose with another once living creature, considers himself innocent. In my eyes BOTH are guilty of murdering wildlife.
The angler is posing with a still living creature. Anglers do not kill the fish they catch, but return them to the lake unharmed. That is the rule, and that's why the fish live to grow so large.
[quote][p][bold]patwoodhouse[/bold] wrote: While the death of this swan is a horrific crime, I do find it somewhat ironic that the angler, pictured in some glory pose with another once living creature, considers himself innocent. In my eyes BOTH are guilty of murdering wildlife.[/p][/quote]The angler is posing with a still living creature. Anglers do not kill the fish they catch, but return them to the lake unharmed. That is the rule, and that's why the fish live to grow so large. Witchkid
  • Score: 10

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