Police await forensic results in sheep shooting

By on September 3, 2014

Police are waiting on further forensic results in the investigation into the killing of more than 200 sheep at two separate properties near Ngapara in June.

About 195 sheep were shot at Peter and Janine Stackhouse’s farm on Conlans Rd in the first incident on the weekend of June 21-22 and at least 20 more sheep were killed on John and Wendy Dodd’s nearby farm on the weekend of June 28-29.

Detective Warren Duncan said the investigation was still continuing, and they had been carrying out further forensic work, which had given them some more information.

He said he was waiting on some more results which could lead them to follow fresh DNA leads.

However, Detective Duncan had no time frame on when he would receive these results.

“We’re still working away at it. The initial findings at this stage stand.

“We’re delving in a little bit deeper to see where it takes us.”

A bank account was set up by Rural Women New Zealand and a stock sale was also held at the Waiareka Saleyards on July 7, which helped raised more than $40,000 for the two families that were affected by the incident.

The Dodds and Stackhouses were not available for comment when contacted by the Oamaru Mail yesterday.

Anyone with information can phone Oamaru police on 433 1400 or phone Detective Duncan confidentially on 03 433 1416.