Teen won’t face jail time

Horse shooter to face pos­si­ble youth di­ver­sion course

NT News - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

A TEENAGER who handed him­self in to po­lice over the shoot­ing of East Point pony Pearly will not face court.

In­stead, the 17-year-old, who the NT News un­der­stands con­fessed to be­ing in­volved in shoot­ing two ponies at the Fan­nie Bay Eques­trian Club with cross­bow ar­rows, will be con­sid­ered for youth di­ver­sion pro­grams.

Youth di­ver­sion pro­grams are in place in an at­tempt to stop young of­fend­ers from ever en­ter­ing the court sys­tem.

An NT Po­lice spokes­woman said the male teen handed him­self in to the Dar­win Po­lice Sta­tion on Thurs­day evening.

“Upon com­ple­tion of the in­ter­view, the youth was re­leased. In line with the Youth Jus­tice Act, he will be con­sid­ered for youth di­ver­sion on weapons and an­i­mal cru­elty charges,” she said.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions into pos­si­ble co-of­fend­ers are on­go­ing.

“The al­leged weapon has since been seized by po­lice.”

Fan­nie Bay Eques­trian Club pres­i­dent Mel Bren­ton said she was grate­ful for the sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

“The out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­mu­nity has been over­whelm­ing dur­ing this sad time,” she said.

“The po­lice have been phe­nom­e­nal.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing and I’d en­cour­age peo­ple who know some­thing to con­tact po­lice.

“Pearly’s heart­break­ing story has touched peo­ple around the world, and they are reach­ing out to us with of­fers of sup­port. We’ve had peo­ple of­fer­ing to cover vet bills, we’ve had peo­ple want­ing to help us im­prove se­cu­rity at East Point, we’ve had of­fers to buy the chil­dren a new pony.

“It’s truly hum­bling how much peo­ple care.”

Pearly the pony was shot by two cross­bow ar­rows ear­lier this week while feed­ing in one of the front pad­docks at the Fan­nie Bay Eques­trian Club.

Pearly had to be put down af­ter vet­eri­nar­ian Su­san­nah Smith de­cided the an­i­mal’s in­juries were too se­vere.

Yes­ter­day the NT News re­vealed a sec­ond pony, Hol­ly­wood Hit­man, was also shot once in the rump but sur­vived.

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