Trial costs re­vealed

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

THE Shire of Mundaring spent al­most $93,000 on its un­suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion against the owner of two dogs ac­cused of killing and maim­ing 39 sheep in The Lakes in 2016.

Two Sox and Floyd were im­pounded by the Shire for 15 months over their al­leged in­volve­ment in the attack.

A three-day crim­i­nal trial in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court be­tween the Shire and Si­mon Hey ruled on Jan­uary 30 that lawyers act­ing on be­half of the Shire were un­able to prove be­yond a rea­son­able doubt that Mr Hey’s dogs had com­mit­ted the of­fence.

This was the third trial for the own­ers, af­ter a mis­trial was de­clared on De­cem­ber 29, 2016. The dogs were re­united

The Shire spent $62,400 on le­gal fees and were or­dered to pay the Heys’ le­gal coun­sel $30,270 in costs, bring­ing the to­tal to $92,670. with their own­ers in May 2017 af­ter a sec­ond court hear­ing had to be re-sched­uled be­cause a key wit­ness was un­able to give ev­i­dence.

Two Sox and Floyd were im­pounded for 15 months.

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