$300 fine for trespassing
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
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.