Ibis- bash­ing puts scared Sin­ga­pore law stu­dent be­fore the courts

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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