The pair then saw lights in the distance, having shot a deer, and became concerned at being caught, so took off running. They lost sight of each other, and Edge tumbled down a ravine.
His body was found a month later after a long search mission.
The judge in the case against Harris, Dominic Flatley, told the accused that the tragedy would not have happened if they had respected the law, and that Harris would “carry the consequences of your mate’s death for the rest of your life.”
Harris was supported in court by his friend’s widow, and his case was helped by the fact that he had donated $1000 to the search and rescue effort.