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Australian court drops charges against goat for eating flowers

posted 23 Jan 2013, 08:05 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 23 Jan 2013, 08:06 ]

An Australian court dismisses charges against comedian James Dezarnaulds, known as Jimbo Bazoobi, after his goat was caught eating flowers in Sydney's city centre.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 23, 2013) (AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) -  An Australian court on Wednesday (January 23) dropped charges brought against comedian James Dezarnaulds, known as Jimbo Bazoobi, after police caught hisgoat eating flowers in Sydney's city centre.

Local media said police from the inner city station of The Rocks in August 2012 spotted Dezarnaulds' goat, named Gary, chewing on flowers outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art and issued him a 440 Australian dollar (465 U.S. dollars) fine.

Local media added that Sydney Court Magistrate Carolyn Barkell had said that there was no evidence that Dezarnaulds made his goat eat the flowers with the intention of vandalising them.

Speaking after the court ruling, Dezarnaulds thanked his lawyers.

"I want to thank McGirr lawyers for helping me out. I just met these guys walking Gary a couple of weeks ago and we got off and I just think Gary the goat has taught the Rock's cops a valuable lesson today and that's 'don't bite off more than you can chew'," he said.

Dezarnaulds's lawyer Paul McGirr spoke to the media outside court and said the fine should not have been issued.

"Think about the waste of taxpayers money being spent on prosecuting a person because a goat's eating some grass or some vegetation. I've always been an advocate that all police should be out doing the real police work at a category one station. I'd like to also know what other police who are working hard would think about their colleague actually writing a ticket for someone who's goat is feeding on some vegetation," he said.

Local media reported that Dezarnaulds had bought Gary for a case of beer in the town ofGingin in Western Australia last year.