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Forest Hill pensioner fined for kill threat to dogs

A FOREST Hill pensioner has been fined after he threatened to kill another person's dogs in Ipswich.

John Leslie Gerard appeared in Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of public nuisance "with mitigating circumstances".

Gerard had already been fined for the matter on an ex parte basis, after he failed to appear in court.

But Gerard told the court on Monday he had misheard the date and wished to reopen the matter, believing the $500 fine he received was not appropriate and that he wished to share his side of the story.

The court heard that on September 18 Gerard had taken his dogs to a North Ipswich dog park.

It heard that while at the park Gerard lost his temper and threatened to "f***** kill" another person's dogs.

Gerard told the court that when he arrived at the park he saw a greyhound that did not have a muzzle or a leash.

He said he approached the dog's owner and asked if the dog was savage, she said no.

Gerard told the court that the greyhound attacked his dog when they entered the park.

Gerard said "in this case I don't believe I should be punished" because he had no intention of committing public nuisance when he entered the park.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck said he did not agree with that statement and said that by issuing threats towards the woman he was committing public nuisance.

Gerard disagreed as he believed he was not threatening the woman, but her dogs and that the threat of killing them was justified.

Magistrate Schemioneck again fined the man $500, to which Gerard replied "I am going to appeal it".

The court heard that Gerard had two previous public nuisance offences and the conviction was recorded.

Topics:  gatton magistrates court public nuisance


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