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.