Ibis- bashing puts scared Singapore law student before the courts
A STUDENT who was being stalked for his sandwich wrestled an ibis to the ground and stomped on it until the bird was so badly injured it had to be put down, a court has been told.
Andrew Quay Wee Meng, 2 5 , pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday to one count of animal cruelty on March 1.
The court was told Quay Wee Meng had been eating a sandwich when the bird jumped on to his table.
Quay Wee Meng threw his food down, wrestled the bird to the ground and stomped on it five times.
The court was told the bird’s wing was shattered and a blow to its neck caused it such difficulty in breathing that it had to be put down.
Quay Wee Meng’s lawyer, Sue G a n a s a n , t o l d t h e c o u r t t h e Singapore-born law student lashed out because he was once attacked by a large crow and had been frightened of Australian birds ever since. However, she said he was remorseful.
Magistrate John Costello said on- lookers would have been ‘‘ appalled’’ by the attack, but said Quay Wee Meng’s youth, guilty plea and lack of criminal history meant he would not receive a jail sentence.
Mr Costello ordered Quay Wee Meng to perform 120 hours of community service, and that he do so with the RSPCA wherever possible.