Dairy farmer's convictions quashed

The Appeal Court has quashed two of four convictions of a Marlborough dairy farmer found guilty of excavat​ing a channel into a Rarangi wetland without permission.

Philip Woolley ​had been sentenced to two months​'​ home detention and ordered to pay $38,253 in September on the charge of disturbing a riverbed, depositing soil and vegetation in a riverbed and two of using land in a matter that broke a district rule.

The decision released today, written by ​Justice Ellen France ​,​ quashe​s the latter two charges ​and did not call​ for a retrial ​on those charges. 

But the court dismissed an appeal against the sentence.

The judgement was part of a 21​-​page decision following a ​n​ ​appeal ​hearing in February.

The Marlborough Express