Two young men, originally accused of being involved in major deer poaching ring, have received modest fines after admitting they stole two deer valued at $1000 from a deer farm.
Storm Panapia, 18, and Scott Stephen Darroch, 18, both of Matamata, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of animals in Tauranga District Court yesterday.
They were fined $750 each, plus court costs and ordered to pay $333.33 reparation each.
Originally both men faced four theft charges, and Darroch had an extra charge of unlawful hunting. The other charges were withdrawn.
When the pair were arrested and charged in March this year, police alleged they and two other Matamata men were involved in a $100,000 poaching ring.
One of the latter two had his charges withdrawn and the other has had his matter transferred to Morrinsville District Court.
The police summary of facts revealed that on December 2 last year, Panapia, Darroch and another male associate travelled over the Kaimais towards Tauranga.
Parking a short distance from the complainant's Pyes Pa Rd deer farm, the pair shot and killed two deer valued at $1000, then loaded the carcasses into their ute and headed back to Matamata. Once there they butchered the carcasses and shared out the meat. More....