History of interpersonal violence
Approximate Age: 20
Location: Tuatapere, SL (NZ)
Oct 27, 2010 - Rowellan Burn, At Te Waewae Bay, SL (NZ)
Convicted: Protected leopard seal stoned, dragged on beach
Sentence: Harley David McKenzie, 20, of Tuatapere, begins his four-month spell in jail this morning after appearing before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court for taking a leopard seal and injuring it with two friends last year.
He is the first person in New Zealand to be sentenced to jail for attacking a leopard seal.
Judge Phillips said McKenzie's behaviour was atrocious and not the first time he had attacked an animal, which was the reason for his jail term and not a fine.
In August last year McKenzie was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and ordered to pay $33 reparation for cutting the ears and tail off a stolen domestic pig with his friend before setting it free in a forest where he hunted.
The pig was later found with its wounds infested with maggots and it had to be treated with penicillin when returned to its owners.
McKenzie justified his actions by saying the pig had a better chance of surviving being hunted by pig dogs because it had no ears, Judge Phillips said.
In 2008, McKenzie and five others were ordered to pay reparation after shooting three dairy cows.