'Poacher' admits his guilt

A police officer who found a dead deer in the boot of a car in the middle of the night asked the poacher: Where did Bambi come from then?"

A police officer who found a dead deer in the boot of a car in the middle of the night asked the poacher: "Where did Bambi come from then?"Exeter Crown Court heard that not only did the officers, who stopped the car for having a defective light, find the deer, they also discovered a pump action shot gun, writes Richard Harrison.Prosecutor Howard Phillips said that led to a search of 41-year-old Michael Edwards' home where a .410 shotgun and ammunition were found.The prosecutor said when police examined the vehicle on Haldon Hill, it had a bad tyre and that was what led the officer to have a look in the boot for the spare wheel. He said Edwards claimed he had been out poaching and had shot the deer, but he was obviously covering up for someone else because the animal had been killed with a .22 rifle and the shotgun in the car had not been fired.When quizzed about the guns Edwards said they were part of a swap deal he had done and were in exchange for a dog.Edwards, of Glebe Cottages, Farringdon, near Exeter, pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and a second charge of possessing a firearm without a certificate.Sentence on him was adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and he was granted bail.


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