A dirty, polluting, recidivist pig farmer is having a sook over copping a $65,000 fine for unauthorised dumping of his pig poo.
So what do they do? Roll out the tears, shill the story to media and bring up a sick toddler…
A Te Aroha farming family, struggling to care for a sick toddler, claims it has no way to pay a $65,000 fine handed down by a judge for illegally dumping pig poo.
Environment Court Judge Jeffrey Smith ruled Kenneth Julian McIntyre deliberately defied a court order against him dumping effluent at a Te Aroha piggery and issued the fine, as well as a five-year ban from managing animal effluent.
The court heard McIntyre spread 340,000 cubic metres, or six truckloads of pig poo across the 800 hectare property.
McIntyre and his partner Cassandra Kidd have a 15-month old son who was born with a severe medical condition and has had multiple complex surgeries since birth.
In making his decision, Smith said it was important that McIntyre was around to focus on the needs of his son and partner. Read more »