Swan shooting case adjourned

By Sandra Conchie

The court case of the Katikati man accused of mowing down some black swans on Tauranga Harbour with a jetboat and taking part in the inhumane shooting of a goat has been adjourned.

Carl Ian Williams, 36, who was due to appear in Tauranga District Court today, faces three charges, including wilful ill-treatment of an animal in relation to black swans.

However, his lawyer successfully sought an adjournment until August 26.

The ill-treatment charges relate to an incident on Tauranga Harbour on December 26 last year, which was Tauranga SPCA alleges was video-taped by someone onboard the boat.

Williams and another Katikati man both face an additional charge of a breach of the Animal Welfare Act relating to the alleged shooting of goat in 2011 after it was thrown into the air.

The shooting was also allegedly filmed.

The other defendant's case has also been adjourned to August 26. No pleas to the charges have yet been entered.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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