Four Mt Gambier men receive good behaviour bonds, 1 to face court over mass native animal killings
SLINGSHOTS and ballbearings have been seized by police in connection with the mass killing of 17 native animals, including koalas, near Mount Gambier.
June 5 2014
SLINGSHOTS and ballbearings have been seized by police in connection with the mass killing of 17 native animals, including three koalas, near Mount Gambier.
Htay Aung, Eh Nay Moo, Mwee Say Htoo and Aung Cho Win all pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally possessing a carcass.
Their co-offender, Jonathon Mark Feast, is yet to plead to multiple charges related the ill-treatment of a protected species.
Police said the 17 animals and sling shots were discovered after the men were pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Lake Tce East, Mount Gambier, in February.
Aung, Moo, Htoo and Win were put on a six month, $200 good behaviour bond and were made to pay court costs.
The court also ordered forfeiture of the dead koala bodies and the sling shot and ballbearings found in their possession.
Under the National Parks and Wildlife Act (1972), the illegal possession of a carcass of a native animal, which has been illegally taken or acquired, carries a maximum penalty of a $2500 fine or six months imprisonment.
Feast will appear in court again next month.