Broke, hungry man stole and slaughtered sheep for food

Last updated 05:00 30/04/2014

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A 21-year-old man took sheep from a paddock and killed them because he had no money for food, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Tony Harris, who recently moved to Invercargill, appeared before Judge Alistair Garland yesterday and admitted killing a sheep valued at $200 with intent to steal its carcass on April 13, and stealing meat from Pak 'n Save on April 24.

He was sentenced to 80 hours' community work, ordered to pay $116.03 reparation and disqualified from driving for three months.

The court was told Harris and another person were spotted stopping a vehicle at Awarua near Invercargill and entering a nearby paddock.

They were observed grabbing a couple of sheep from a paddock, slaughtering them and putting them in the boot of the car be- fore speeding off, the court was told.

When spoken to by police, Harris admitted the offending and said he had recently moved to Invercargill and had no money for food. Less than two weeks later, Harris was caught stealing $16.03 of meat from Pak 'n Save.

His lawyer, Carmen Jillett, said he had been honest with police and knew he had done the wrong thing.

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