Depp OK, sum­mons for wife

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LANAI SCARR

HO L L Y W O O D su p e r s t a r Johnny Depp has avoided charges over the illegal im­por­ta­tion of his pet dogs Boo and Pis­tol, but wife Am­ber Heard will have to re­turn to Aus­tralia to face court.

The Com­mon­wealth Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions is­sued Heard, 29, a sum­mons on Tues­day to at­tend South­port Mag­is­trates Court in Queens­land over the in­ci­dent.

Heard ( be­low) will face two charges of illegal im­por­ta­tion and one of pro­duc­ing a false doc­u­ment – the in­com­ing pas­sen­ger card.

The of­fences carry a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years’ jail and a $ 100,000 fine.

Heard and Depp made in­ter­na­tional head­lines in May af­ter they al­legedly smug­gled their dogs into the coun­try, po­ten­tially pos­ing a biose­cu­rity risk as the US is not ra­bies- free.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce said Boo and Pis­tol needed to “bug­ger off home” or face be­ing eu­thanased.

He is­sued a 48- hour no­tice for the York­shire ter­ri­ers to leave and they were flown out on a pri­vate jet.

They were dis­cov­ered af­ter Heard or­gan­ised a dog groom­ing ses­sion on the Gold Coast, where Depp was film­ing a Pi­rates of the Caribbean movie.

Heard said af­ter the or­deal that she was un­likely ever to re­turn to Aus­tralia. How­ever, she is now with Depp again on the Gold Coast.

A spokesman for Mr Joyce con­firmed the sum­mons had been is­sued yesterday.

“Be­cause the mat­ter is be­fore the court we have no fur­ther com­ment,” he said.

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