Hunter caught on film

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 13:00 11/12/2013

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A man who destroyed a forestry gate to hunt illegally was caught on candid camera, the Nelson District Court has heard.

Nicholas Noel Turner, 25, a seasonal fisherman and forestry worker, of Nelson, pleaded guilty to wilfully damaging a gate beyond repair on a number of occasions and hunting without a permit.

Prosecutor Wayne Johnston said after the gate was first damaged on February 2, 2013, the forestry owner placed a hidden camera which was used to identify the accused along with two others.

The accused returned and further damaged the gate on a number of occasions in order to hunt without a permit, he said.

He regularly hunted in the dark, otherwise known as spotlighting, he said.

Defence lawyer Luke Acland said Turner had no previous convictions and he had pleaded guilty promptly. He had returned from Australia so he "could put all of this behind him", he said.

The accused had made some "pretty stupid decisions" and regretted his actions, he said.

Judge Watson convicted Turner on the two charges. He was ordered to pay $548.55 reparation to the gate's owner, and was fined $300 for hunting without a permit.

His two co-offenders received similar sentences when convicted earlier this year in Nelson.

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- The Nelson Mail

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