Permission granted for alpaca show
A Palmerston North pet store owner has been given permission to show off his alpacas, despite being on bail after a domestic incident that sparked an armed offenders callout.
Wet Pets owner Eric Lister, 55, was charged last month with threatening to kill a woman and threatening her with a firearm at his Scotts Road property in Linton.
He now faces two more charges - one of carrying a firearm and one of possessing a firearm without a licence.
He is on bail after the July 28 incident, although he must spend all of his time either at his daughter's house or at his business.
Lister cannot contact the woman he is accused of threatening or consume alcohol or drugs.
In the Palmerston North District Court today, Lister's lawyer Mark Alderdice sought for a variation of the bail conditions on September 7 and 8 and between September 19 and 24, so Lister could attend alpaca showings.
"There is a showing for his alpacas, a showing of animals that has been organised well in advance."
Lister's compliance with his bail had been "exemplary" so far and police did not oppose the variation, Alderdice said.
Judge Les Atkins said it was an unwieldy variation but, because police did not oppose, he would grant it.
Lister will next appear in court in October.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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