Hunter to be sentenced today for dead moose outside of hunting season

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man caught with a dead moose outside of hunting season will be sentenced today for multiple charges.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan said during the court decision in July the sentence could set precedent in a sport that values honour.

Waldemar Sancewicz was found guilty in July of unlawful possession of dead wildlife and making a false statement to an officer after he was pulled over at a random alcohol screening check-stop on Dec. 9, 2011 and caught with a dead moose in the back of his vehicle.

The Crown alleged Sancewicz, a hunter for 15 to 20 years, paid Rolland Johnson to come along for the ride to pick up a dead moose near Westsyde, intending to abuse his aboriginal hunting rights.

However defence lawyer Matt Ford said it was the other way around, that Sancewicz was actually helping Johnson as a favour to his boss.

Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison ruled Sancewicz moved the meat himself after RCMP testimony that Sancewicz was covered in blood at the stop, not Johnson.

The Crown is seeking fines of $3,000 to $4,000 for the unlawful possession and $5,000 to $6,000 for false statements.

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