May 7, 2018 - A London man has been fined a total of $3,000 for fishing and hunting
Brian Walne pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for possessing fish that could not
be easily identified, $1,000 for trespassing while in possession of a firearm, $1,000
for knowingly making a false statement to a conservation officer, and $500 for failing
to wear hunter orange during a controlled deer hunt.
Court heard that conservation officers with the ministry's Southern Marine Enforcement
Unit and the Aylmer Enforcement Unit were conducting a joint patrol in the Strathroy-Caradoc
area when they observed Walne from a distance enter the bush in full camouflage
with what appeared to be a firearm. When officers approached Walne's truck, he left
the bush without a firearm. The officers conducted an inspection of the truck and
located a pail with a total of 73 fish fillets, 34 of which were skinless and unidentifiable.
During the inspection, Walne made a number of false statements about the presence
of a firearm. The officers located Walne's loaded rifle hidden in the bush. Further
investigation revealed that Walne had been hunting on two different properties without
Justice of the Peace Sonia Aleong heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
London, on April 30, 2018.
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