Poacher to spend home de­ten­tion at coast

Manawatu Standard - - News -

A man who poached hun­dreds of kilo­grams of pa¯ua and sea cu­cum­ber has been given home de­ten­tion.

Sonny Gil­bert Wairau, 38, was banned from fish­ing af­ter be­ing caught and con­victed in Septem­ber 2015.

But between De­cem­ber 2015 and June last year he and two oth­ers be­gan tak­ing pa¯ ua and sea cu­cum­ber from around Welling­ton’s coast­line and sell­ing it.

Wairau had pleaded guilty to 40 charges of il­le­gally sell­ing pa¯ ua, of­fer­ing to sell them, and breach­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion or­der.

On Fri­day, in the Welling­ton District Court Wairau was sen­tenced to seven months’ home de­ten­tion at an ad­dress near Whanga¯ rei Har­bour.

Judge Arthur Tomp­kins warned him that if there was any more of­fend­ing, the most likely out­come would be jail.

Wairau had been part of what he and the oth­ers called the Pa¯ ua Cor­po­ra­tion.

In six months, 257kg of green­weight pa¯ ua was taken and 31kg of sea cu­cum­bers. An­other 15kg of pro­cessed meat was also sold.

Wairau was banned from fish­ing for a fur­ther three years.

An­other man is to be sen­tenced in De­cem­ber.

A third man has avoided court, and a war­rant has been is­sued for his ar­rest.

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