Marl­bor­ough duck hunter blames di­a­betes for maimai melt­down


A duck hunter who threat­ened rangers after they ‘‘ru­ined his day’’ with li­cence checks says he over-re­acted be­cause he had not taken his in­sulin.

Willem Hen­ri­cus Lampe, 59, was about to leave for a hunt­ing trip with mates when he had a fight with his wife and stormed out of the house with­out pack­ing his in­sulin. A one-woman mu­si­cal play pay­ing tribute to Amer­ica’s singing sweet­heart of the sil­ver screen dur­ing the 1950s and 60s. ASB Theatre Marl­bor­ough on Mon­day at 7.30pm.

Lampe had since writ­ten to both rangers to apol­o­gise for his be­hav­iour, which a judge de­scribed as ‘‘er­ratic and bizarre’’.

Lampe was sen­tenced at the Blen­heim Dis­trict Court on Tues­day.

His lawyer John Hold­away ex­plained Lampe was di­a­betic and in­sulin helped with his ‘‘mood swings’’.

Lampe was hunt­ing at a pond in South­land with two friends when two rangers car­ry­ing out com- pli­ance checks ap­proached their maimai in May.

The men re­fused to open the door of the maimai, or hunt­ing stand, so one of the rangers started to climb in the front. ‘‘You’ve ru­ined my day. What the hell do you think you’re do­ing?’’ Lampe shouted, threat­en­ing to push the ranger off the maimai.

Lampe told the rangers he would hit some­one if they ‘‘be­haved like this in the pub’’, a sum­mary of facts said. Want­wood Com­mu­nity Room. Devon­shire tea, BBQ, his­tory dis­play, raf­fles, lucky dip, old ve­hi­cle dis­play, book ex­change, vin­tage games and more. Morse St, Wairau Val­ley, Sun­day at 1.30pm.

Hold­away said Lampe had since started coun­selling in Blen­heim and had stopped drink­ing al­co­hol.

Judge Tony Zohrab said Lampe wrote apol­ogy let­ters and started coun­selling when he was charged with as­sault with in­tent to in­jure in 2012 and ob­struct­ing po­lice last year.

‘‘You be­came over­bear­ing and threat­en­ing for no ap­par­ent rea­son. Your con­duct could be de­scribed as out­ra­geous.’’

The rangers seized Lampe’s gun, a Baikal 12-gauge dou­ble bar­rel shot­gun, and 40 lead car­tridges.

Lampe, a farmer, had never held a fish or game li­cence is­sued by Fish and Game, which cost $93 for the 2017 sea­son.

Fish and Game brought the charges against Lampe for hunt­ing with­out a li­cence and ob­struct­ing a ranger. They also charged him with us­ing lead car­tridges within 200 me­tres of wa­ter, which was il­le­gal to pre­vent ducks from eat- ing poi­sonous lead grit. In­stead duck hunters were to use non-toxic steel car­tridges.

Blen­heim po­lice also laid a charge of il­le­gally pos­sess­ing a firearm.

Pro­ba­tion said Lampe was med­i­cally un­fit for com­mu­nity work so rec­om­mended su­per­vi­sion and com­mu­nity de­ten­tion.

Judge Zohrab or­dered Lampe’s firearm and am­mu­ni­tion be for­feited to Fish and Game. Lampe was or­dered to pay Fish and Game’s le­gal costs of $475, and to do­nate $500 to Maataa Waka where he was at­tend­ing coun­selling.

He was sen­tenced to four months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion with a cur­few from 8pm to 5.30am, and nine months’ su­per­vi­sion, with con­di­tions to do coun­selling and pro­grammes as di­rected by pro­ba­tion. ‘‘If the courts are to deal with you on an­other charge in­volv­ing anger ... the court will take it very se­ri­ously and the sen­tence could be prison,’’ the judge said.

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