A teenager who beat seals to death using a galvanised pole near Kaikoura has been jailed for two years.
Jason Trevor Godsiff, 19, of Renwick, previously admitted wilfully ill-treating the protected seals at Ohau Point, north of Kaikoura.
He appeared before Judge Ian Mill in the Blenheim District Court today.
A charge of possession of an offensive weapon was dropped.
Godsiff’s co-accused, Jamaal Peter Roy Large, 36, from the Wairau Valley, has denied the charges.
More than 20 fur seals were beaten to death late last year in what the Conservation Department described as a “callous and cowardly” attack.
Some were just a few days old.
The dead seals included 13 females and two bulls. Seals in the area had injuries that suggested they had also been hit.