Not guilty of gun charge, says manager

Hawke's Bay Fish & Game regional manager Peter McIntosh appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday to face charges in relation to an incident in April when his company-owned vehicle was found overturned on Kahuranaki Rd.

The vehicle was found about 4.30pm on April 19, without a driver. McIntosh handed himself in to Hastings police four days later for questioning.

He appeared in court yesterday for the first time, charged with being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a firearm and careless driving. Yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to the firearm charge but admitted careless driving.

The careless-driving charge carries a fine of up to $3000, while the firearm charge carries a maximum penalty of three months jail.

Court documents allege he was under the influence of alcohol, to the extent of being incapable of having proper control, when in charge of three 12-gauge shotguns.

It was unclear in court what relation the charges had to each other.

McIntosh was remanded at large until July 22. Police prosecutor Chris Flood indicated a further charge was likely to be laid in relation to the incident.

Defence lawyer Bill Calver said media attention had made it impossible for his client to apply for name suppression. He also said a complaint had been laid to police in relation to information being released to the media and said the coverage of his client so far had been "highly prejudicial and speculative".

- Hawkes Bay Today

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