$300 fine for tres­pass­ing

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who re­leased two dogs that were tied up on chains at his neigh­bour’s house be­cause he thought they were dis­tressed and then lied to po­lice about be­ing there has been fined $300.

Jo­hannes Willem Van Wyk, 68, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates’ Court last week to tres­pass­ing and re­main­ing in a yard.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Han­nah Beard told the court Mr Van Wyk en­tered his neigh­bour’s yard in Ju­bilee Pocket at 9.30am on Au­gust 7 and re­leased two dogs from chains.

He also took sev­eral pho­tos on his mo­bile phone.

When po­lice ques­tioned him the next day he said the dogs were not at the prop­erty, de­spite video footage show­ing him let­ting them loose, Sen-Con­sta­ble

Beard said.

Mr Van Wyk’s lawyer Steven Hayles said his client had called the RSPCA be­cause he thought the dogs were dis­tressed.

“The RSPCA told him to take pho­tos,” Mr Hayles said.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young fined Mr Van Wyk $300 but did not record a con­vic­tion against him.

“I am en­tirely unim­pressed with the way you tried to lie your way out of this,” Mr Young said.

Iam en­tirely unim­pressed with the way you tried to lie your way out of this.

— Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young

CON­CERN FOR WEL­FARE: A man pleaded guilty to tres­pass­ing and re­main­ing in a yard af­ter he re­leased a neigh­bour’s dogs from their chains then lied about it.

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