Farmer fined for shooting pig

A WHITEMORE farmer who gunned down a neighbour's pig on his property has been fined.

David Wayne Lindsay, 64, was found guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court today of having destroyed property by shooting and killing the pig.

Lindsay, who represented himself, gave evidence that his neighbour's pigs had entered his property about 50 times in the 12 months before he killed the pig on June 19 last year.

He told the court he shot the pig after it was among a group of pigs which had entered his Lindsay Lane property and attacked, killed and eaten his sheep.

The dead pig's owner, Kristina Elmer, gave evidence for the prosecution that her pig was some metres inside Lindsay's property when she found it lying motionless.

She said the pig had a gunshot wound to its head and looked like it had been ``run over''.

Deloraine Constable Karen Griffiths also gave evidence for the prosecution about what she had seen of the dead pig, and how Lindsay had admitted to her that he was ``sick and tired'' of the pigs entering his property.

Magistrate Simon Brown found the charge against Lindsay proven.

He convicted Lindsay and fined him $200, and ordered him to pay costs of $226.40.

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