First Nations man deals with charges of illegal hunting

An administrative error may have resulted in a man suffering from Stage Four cancer being charged with numerous hunting offenses.

Jack Mussel was to appear in Princeton court Thursday, however his son attended in his place. He explained his father’s illness and the fact that Mussel has already dealt with the accusations.

Mussel is charged with hunting out of season, failing to retrieve wildlife, failing to remove edible portions of a carcass and failing to report a kill.

The court heard that Mussel, who is in hospital in Abbotsford, participated in a restorative justice program through the Upper Similkameen Indian Band.

Mussel has First Nation status, he said, and was hunting on traditional grounds when the incident occurred.

Judge Michelle Daneliuk directed Mussel’s son to provide the court with documentation of remediation with the band at a later date.

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