Teacher admits to killing sheep to sell
A Pahiatua teacher has admitted playing a part in the slaughter and theft of more than $2300 worth of sheep, many of them pregnant ewes, from two Eketahuna properties.
Holly Louise Marlow, also known as Holly Cameron, is one of four people charged with killing 16 sheep with the intention of stealing them.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, the 26-year-old, who is listed on court documents as a teacher, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft related to the incidents.
She also pleaded guilty to charges of possession of drug utensils and obstructing police.
Police said she talked to someone on June 29 about stealing sheep to sell. Two nights later, she assisted in killing of 16 sheep on two properties in Eketahuna.
The majority of them were pregnant ewes, due to give birth in the next few weeks, and were killed by having their throats cut.
Their meat was stolen, and Marlow told police it was to be sold. The alleged offenders were to get $15 per person for every carcass, she said.
The other two charges were the result of police searching Marlow's house on June 11. They told her to put her cellphone on the table, but she instead turned on the kitchen tap and put her phone under the water.
Police found broken light bulbs and pipes used for smoking methamphetamine, and "point bags" used for packaging the drug. Marlow admitted they were hers.
Judge Stephanie Edwards convicted Marlow and remanded her on bail until October for sentencing. The other three alleged thieves are making their way through the court system.
The judge ordered Marlow not to associate with them.