A pet shop owner and alpaca farmer has admitted firearms and intimidation charges arising from a domestic incident that sparked an armed police callout.
Wet Pets owner Eric Lister, 55, pleaded guilty to frightening his former partner, Robyn Martinson, by threatening her, presenting a firearm, possessing ammunition and possessing a firearm without a licence.
A charge of threatening to kill was withdrawn.
A police summary says Lister and Ms Martinson were in a relationship for 27 years. On the afternoon of July 28 they were at their Scotts Rd property in Linton.
Ms Martinson was mowing the lawns when Lister approached her, carrying a .22 rifle.
Holding a bullet in his hand, he told her to turn the mower off.
Lister then loaded the bullet into the gun and said: "Today's the day."
Ms Martinson asked: "Are you going to shoot me?"
Lister replied: "I wish I'd never met you." He walked away, again saying: "Today's the day".
Ms Martinson went to a neighbour's house and armed police arrived.
Officers found Lister's rifle and five rounds of ammo hidden under a rug.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, defence lawyer Mark Alderdice said Lister's intimidation was actually directed to a "third party". He said the guilty plea to that charge was "expedient" and entered as a compromise.
Mr Alderdice had no problem if a protection order were imposed forbidding contact with Ms Martinson because the pair's relationship was over.
Judge Barbara Morris bailed Lister until sentencing next month. She ordered a pre-sentence report and a victim impact statement.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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