Prison sen­tence for killing ea­gles

Shepparton News - Country News - - HENTY MACHINERY FIELD DAYS -

A Vic­to­rian man has been fined $2500 and will spend two weeks be­hind bars after be­ing found guilty of de­stroy­ing 420 wed­getailed ea­gles.

The man had pleaded guilty to the de­struc­tion of pro­tected wildlife be­tween Oc­to­ber 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 2018.

His sen­tence last week in Sale Mag­is­trates’ Court makes him the first per­son to be jailed for de­stroy­ing pro­tected wildlife in Vic­to­ria.

A re­port for DELWP es­ti­mated it would take two-and-a-half years be­fore breed­ing re­cov­ered.

DELWP’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager Iain Bruce said this was the first cus­to­dial sen­tence for the de­struc­tion of wildlife in Vic­to­ria.

‘‘It’s a sig­nif­i­cant state­ment to make by the courts, that this is a very, very se­ri­ous mat­ter and this is how it will be dealt with,’’ Mr Bruce said.

In May last year, in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched prop­er­ties at Tub­but and found 90 ea­gle car­cases, skulls, traps, de­com­pos­ing sheep car­cases and chem­i­cals. More car­cases were found later.

The de­fen­dant told au­thor­i­ties he es­ti­mated he had killed up to 420 wedge-tailed ea­gles dur­ing his em­ploy­ment on the Tub­but farm.

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