New Zealand Police v Jackson [2017] NZDC 11268

Published 13 October 2017

Sentencing — obtaining benefit from selling fish — no licence to take fish — Fisheries Act 1996. The defendant and another decided to take paua and kina and that they were not bound by the Fisheries Act as they lived on Motiti Island. It was estimated that the defendant took approximately 32 percent of the allowable take on the whole fisheries area. A discount was given for the defendant entering a guilty plea. The court took into account the gravity of the offending and noted the maximum sentence associated with the offence. The court converted a sentence of two years' imprisonment to a period of 12 months' home detention and 300 hours of community work. Judgment Date: 26 May 2017.