Council chairman stuns golfers when he pulls out a shotgun and blasts Canada goose dead for being a ‘c***ping machine’
A parish council chairman horrified golfers when he strode up to a Canada goose sitting by the fairway and blasted it dead with a shotgun.
Roger Deadman took the drastic step because he claimed the bird was ‘feral’ and a ‘crapping machine’.
After the incident, at Petersfield Golf Club in Hampshire, a witness reported Mr Deadman to the police.
‘Crapping machine’: Roger Deadman shot dead a Canada goose after it made a mess of the fairways
‘Crapping machine’: Roger Deadman shot dead a Canada goose after it made a mess of the fairways (file picture)
Mr Deadman, who has been a member of Petersfield Golf Club for 30 years, said that he had permission from the club’s general manager for the slaying.
He also stated that he’d downloaded licences from Natural England.
He appeared at Aldershot Magistrates Court yesterday (14th Oct 2011), where he was cleared of unlawfully killing a wild bird.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the 70-year-old told the court that he’d raised the issue of bird droppings on the fairways with the club manager, Peter Badger, and also told him that one particular goose was killing other birds.
He said: ‘We had about eight Canadian geese at the club this year and one was very feral, a male that killed moorhens and chicks.
‘There was a tremendous amount of excrement on the fairways and the greens.
‘You couldn’t walk on the sixth hole without getting it on your boots or the wheels of your trolley.
‘I went up there in the evenings to try and scare them by shooting over their heads, it worked for the night but unfortunately they came back during the day.
‘I had a meeting with the general manager and Mr Badger asked me to deal with the problem – he said “sort it”.
‘He said “I have goose on the club menu” so immediately afterwards I went and shot the bird.’
Mr Badger, however, told the court that he didn’t issue an instruction for the bird to be shot dead.
Long-serving member: Mr Deadman has been playing at Petersfield Golf Club for 30 years and had previously shot over the birds’ heads
Long-serving member: Mr Deadman has been playing at Petersfield Golf Club, pictured, for 30 years and had previously shot over the birds’ heads
He said: ‘We do have members who come to shoot vermin and in the past we had reimbursed Mr Deadman for the cartridges used to scare the geese.
‘I had made a joke about putting goose on the menu but I did not tell him to shoot the bird.’
The witness who reported Mr Deadman to the police, John Constable, described to the court how he was about to tee off when he heard gun shots.
He said: ‘We were about to tee off on the first hole and I saw two people standing by the reservoir about 200 yards away.
‘We played our shots and were walking down the fairway, wondering what they were doing there without clubs when suddenly we heard two shots.
‘All the birds dispersed except one caught my attention because it staggered into the water.
‘The men walked off while the bird was flapping and in distress. We went over and it was dead in the water.
‘There was a smear of blood on the bank and it was obvious what had happened.
‘I was angry and shouted to them “what the hell is going on?”
‘We walked up to them and one, Mr Deadman, said the birds were a huge problem because they left mess everywhere.
‘He described them as crapping machines which I thought was offensive.’
Canada geese are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, but can be shot in the interests of public health and safety.
Chairman of the bench, Simon Rawlinson accepted that Mr Deadman had acted lawfully when he shot the animal on April 12.
He him: ‘We consider Mr Deadman had a purpose to kill the bird and that was to protect public health and safety.
‘We believe he had permission from Mr Badger to solve the problem of the goose.’