A Shalfleet man who shot a wild bird with an air rifle from his back garden pleaded guilty to 2 offenses at the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court today (Friday).

Sunny Evelight, 25, of Fleet Way, pleaded guilty to 1 count of firing an aerial weapon beyond the premises and 1 count of wounding an unregistered wild bird 1 when he appeared before magistrates shortly before lunchtime.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that on June 30 this year, Evelight shot a black-headed gull that was in her garden with a meteor air rifle, injuring the bird.

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The seagull – which had suffered severe wing damage – was able to escape from the 25-year-old’s garden before being found by nearby children. Noticing that the bird was seriously injured, 1 of the children notified his parents who then took the bird to Green, Roberts and Butler veterinary practice in Newport.

Despite the best efforts of those at the practice, the bird could not be saved and was shot.

Defending Evelight, Jim Osborne said his client deeply regrets his decision that day and has serious mental health issues.

Evelight has previously faced criminal convictions for offenses committed in 2021 and 2017.

The case has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be made with the 25-year-old released on bail to appear in the same court on September 23.

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