PHOTO: ALEXANDER KOLOMIETZ/123RF Under Civil Aviation rules, someone should get consent from the owner if they wish to fly a drone over a property, the judge said.

A man prosecuted for shooting at a drone has had the charges against him dismissed.

Judge Tony Zohrab’s ruling into the case against Craig Allen Heath hinged on whether the drone was over his property and whether he had a right to fire the shot.

He was charged with intentional damage of a drone and discharging a firearm in a public place, with police saying the drone was over another property, and that Heath fired from his property across or near Matakitaki Rd.