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|Sunken fishing boat boss in court
||Sunken fishing boat boss in court
(about 5 hours later)
The former employer of seven fishermen who drowned when the Solway Harvester sank more than eight years ago has appeared in a Scottish court.
Richard Gidney was ordered to give evidence after he refused to attend the reopened inquest on the Isle of Man.
Mr Gidney was acquitted of manslaughter charges three years ago when a judge ruled there was "no case to answer".
He faced arrest if he failed to appear at the hearing in Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court, which could last several days.
The Solway Harvester sank off the Isle of Man on 11 January, 2000, with the loss of all seven crew on the Kirkcudbright-based dredger.
|VICTIMS OF THE SOLWAY HARVESTER SINKING Skipper Craig Mills, 29Robin Mills, 33, Craig's brotherDavid Mills, 17, Craig's cousinMartin Milligan, 26John Murphy, 22David Lyons, 18Wesley Jolly, 17||VICTIMS OF THE SOLWAY HARVESTER SINKING Skipper Craig Mills, 29Robin Mills, 33, Craig's brotherDavid Mills, 17, Craig's cousinMartin Milligan, 26John Murphy, 22David Lyons, 18Wesley Jolly, 17|
The fishermen who died all came from near the village of Isle of Whithorn, in Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr Gidney went on trial on the Isle of Man for manslaughter in 2005 but was acquitted.
An official inquest opened in November 2006 but Mr Gidney did not appear.
He was still absent at a further sitting of the inquest, prompting the Manx coroner Michael Moyle to issue a strongly-worded statement expressing "concern and displeasure".
Mr Moyle then petitioned the Court of Session in Edinburgh to see if Mr Gidney could be forced to give evidence.
Monday's hearing is taking place before Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart.