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Pair fail to front court for animal cruelty case

The matter was adjourned to Maryborough Magistrates Court.
The matter was adjourned to Maryborough Magistrates Court. Barclay White

A CASE of animal cruelty was adjourned today when the two defendants failed to appear at Gayndah Magistrates Court.

Leigh Francis Allen and Andrew Taylor failed to show for a fourth time on a review of their charges.

The charges are the breach of care to an animal, and cruelty to an animal by causing it unnecessary or unreasonable pain.

RSPCA Officer Penny Flaherty was present for the review but was also aware of a possible adjournment.

It was brought to the courts attention the defendants had sent an email explaining why they were not present in court and expressing a wish to have the matter heard in the Maryborough Magistrates Court instead.

The defendants live about 50km from the Gayndah Court House.

Magistrate Jason Schubert said both defendants had been advised of their legal obligations after their last failure to appear.

This was supported by Police Prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll.

"They have been given many opportunities to appear," Sgt Stagoll said

"I believe they are stringing the process out unnecessarily."

Magistrate Schubert reset the court date for August 19 at the Maryborough Court and issued a warrant for the same date if the defendants once again failed to appear.

"These are serious charges that they face," Magistrate Schubert said

"If they don't show again then an at large warrant will be issued on the mention date of August 19."

The case was adjourned and Magistrate Schubert ordered a notice to appear be sent to the defendants.

Topics:  animal cruelty central and north burnett crime gayndah magistrates court rspca


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