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Accidental shooting leads to charges for Webbwood woman

Receives $2,000 fine and two-year hunting suspension
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A Webbwood woman has been fined and temporarily banned from hunting after accidentally shooting her hunting partner in 2016. Photo supplied

A Webbwood woman has been fined and temporarily banned from hunting after accidentally shooting her hunting partner in 2016.

Justice of the Peace Michael Kitlar handed down the decision on July 14 in Sudbury.

The court heard that on Oct. 9, 2016, the woman was hunting grouse north of Cartier with a hunting partner. The duo was travelling in a side-by-side ATV.

Investigators determined the woman loaded her shotgun in the ATV after noticing a grouse by the roadside. As she attempted to exit the side-by-side, the shotgun went off, striking the driver just below the knee.

Conservation officers and OPP responded to the call for help, and investigated the incident jointly.

The woman, Joanne Scarrow, pleaded guilty to discharging her firearm without due care, attention or consideration for persons or property and was fined $2,000. She received a two-year hunting suspension and must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being able to purchase another hunting licence. 

Her firearm has been permanently forfeited to the Crown.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).




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