Crack­ing down on SW il­le­gal hunting

South Waikato News - - Your Health - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Fam­ily vi­o­lence

Ev­ery year we deal with 12 to 20 odd peo­ple who have been un­law­fully hunting in our forests.

In De­cem­ber last year a 31 year old Tau­ranga male was ar­rested for poach­ing in a lo­cal for­est and he ap­peared in court for sen­tenc­ing on February 9 where he was given a prison warn­ing and 100 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The crown has also been given the power to take ev­ery­thing re­lated to his of­fence so he has lost his ve­hi­cle, ev­ery­thing inside it, his hunting dogs, firearms, and any­thing else used in the of­fence which will all be sold.

The courts are re­ally crack­ing down on un­law­ful hunting and we are ex­pect­ing and hop­ing to see a whole lot more of this tak­ing place to deal with these of­fend­ers.

The sever­ity of the penalty re­ally high­lights how dan­ger­ous it is for peo­ple work­ing in the forestry in­dus­try who are out there 24/7. Per­mits al­low them to know peo­ple will not go hunting where they are work­ing but poach­ers can be here, there and ev­ery­where which puts them in dan­ger.

The judge has warned this man that if he is ever caught again he will go to prison.

Pigs and deer are the main an­i­mals be­ing hunted but hunters must have per­mits if they are do­ing so. These can be ob­tained through var­i­ous hunting clubs who will tell you where you can go which will min­imise risk to your­self and oth­ers.

It is a sim­ple process and all we ask is that peo­ple do things cor­rectly be­cause if you don’t you can ex­pect to go to court where you will run the risk of los­ing ev­ery­thing.

There were 21 fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents from which three peo­ple were ar­rested. One of these was for prop­erty dam­age and the other cou­ple for as­saults.

These of­fend­ers will be ap­pear­ing in court this week.

We had four bur­glar­ies for the week and again the main tar­get seems to be cloth­ing, a bit of scrap metal, and a ve­hi­cle.

The ve­hi­cle, a white Nis­san Sky­line reg­is­tra­tion JQJ49, is still out­stand­ing so if any­one has any in­for­ma­tion about its where­abouts con­tact us at the sta­tion on 885 0100 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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