The Courier-Mail

Depp wife seeks to dodge her court date

- JEREMY PIERCE

JOHNNY Depp’s dogs have had their day in court.

Or rather, lawyers representi­ng his Hollywood starlet’s wife Amber Heard have.

Heard was scheduled to face Southport Magistrate­s Court yesterday over the now infamous allegation she smuggled Depp’s dogs Boo and Pistol into Australia earlier this year.

However, she was nowhere to be seen, instead instructin­g internatio­nal law firm Ashurst to handle the case for her.

Council assisting Ashurst, Paula Morreau, asked for Heard to be excused from appearing in person.

The beauty had been photograph­ed in Italy over the weekend where she was attending the Venice Film Festival with her husband.

In court, Ms Morreau asked for an adjournmen­t of two months to allow further discussion­s with prosecutor­s.

The case will return to court in November.

Heard faces allegation­s of illegally importing the two dogs, in contravent­ion of the Quarantine Act.

Her legal team did not stop to talk to reporters outside the court and did not indicate if she was planning to enter a plea.

The story made internatio­nal headlines in May when it was discovered the dogs had allegedly been smuggled into the country, bypassing strict quarantine laws.

Federal Agricultur­e Minister Barnaby Joyce famously issued the celebrity dogs an ultimatum to either get out of the country or face death by lethal injection. They departed soon after on a private jet.

The dogs again became the centre of attention last weekend in Venice when Depp was asked if he would take his prized pooches on a gondola ride in the canal city.

He joked that he had killed and eaten the pets at the orders of a “sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia”.

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