Poacher charged

Poacher charged

Shooting from the bitumen into private property could hardly be classed as ‘sport’ but the practice has caused many Dargo locals lost sleep, fear and anger.
However, the community has come together in a joint effort with local Briagolong policeman, senior constable Stuart Brewer, and an offender has been tracked down and charged. 
It is alleged a witness woke to the sound of gunshot in the early hours of Tuesday, September 28, before alerting neighbours along the Dargo Road.
A number of locals were able to provide information to police, including a car registration plate number, and an investigation commenced.
On Thursday, October 14, Briagolong Police and Wellington Crime Investigation Unit detectives travelled to Geelong where they arrested and charged a 56-year-old man with multiple firearms offences, including possessing and using a firearm in a public place, recklessly carrying a loaded firearm on private property and using a firearm in a dangerous manner.
He was also charged with a number of wildlife offences as he allegedly shot and killed a native protected animal.

IMAGE: Senior constable, Stuart Brewer, of Briagolong, says people who break the law will be held to account. (PS)

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