Quokka trou­ble

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

A Christchurch prop­erty devel­oper who al­legedly threw a native an­i­mal off an Aus­tralian jetty has been granted bail but his pass­port has been seized. Be­van Hames, 37, ap­peared in court in Perth on Satur­day, af­ter he was charged with an­i­mal cruelty. He was al­leged to have thrown a quokka into the har­bour at Rot­tnest Is­land, 35 kilo­me­tres from Perth off the coast of West­ern Aus­tralia, on Fri­day night. The an­i­mal (about the size of a cat) man­aged to swim to shore and a ranger re­ported it was un­harmed. Hames was not re­quired to en­ter a plea in court and was granted bail on a A$2000 (NZ$2194) "per­sonal un­der­tak­ing", Perth Now re­ported. He was also or­dered to sur­ren­der his pass­port and was to reap­pear in court to­day. A 38-year-old Queens­land man who helped catch the quokka, be­fore it was al­legedly thrown into the wa­ter, was fined A$200 by po­lice and ex­pelled from Rot­tnest Is­land.

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