Dairy farmer's convictions quashed
The Appeal Court has quashed two of four convictions of a Marlborough dairy farmer found guilty of excavating 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 , quashes 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