Ministère public v. HOUSSIN

1059/2011
August 8, 2007
Final judgment
France, Coutances

Beekeepers/Honey Producers, Environmental NGOs
Frédéric Colombo, Association Manche Nature
Individual, Farmers
Benoist Busson

Criminal court
Insecticide, Carbaryl, Sevin L 85
Criminal conviction and compensation for damage resulting from the destruction of bees.
Criminal court of Coutances, France
Court

September 13, 2011
Positive
Declares H. guilty of the alleged acts (use of a plant protection product outside the authorised periods), sentences him to a suspended fine; in the civil action, declares H. liable for the damage suffered by C., sentences him to a sum of money (and expert opinion for the remainder).
National law

Mr. H., an arboriculturist, is accused of having used the carbaryl-based insecticide Sevin L 85 without observing the limitations and conditions of use, resulting in the destruction of bees. The result is the criminal conviction of the arboriculturist; the beekeeper has been compensated for his harm directly related to the offence.