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November 13, 2012
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Man charged with butchering walks free

A man charged for butchering a Nubian goat that belonged to his neighbour was allowed to walk free when the matter was called up yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Charged with malicious destruction of property is Simon Lindo. He pleaded guilty and offered the court an explanation for his action.

Lindo said, "Your Honour, the goat always a eat up mi gungo peas and flowers dem ... Mi talk to him bout it over and over."

The court was told that on the day in question, Lindo chopped and killed the goat which belonged to the complainant.

Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey asked the accused if he had informed the complainant of the constant harassment by his animal, to which he replied, "Yes, Your Honour ... I tell him".

The complainant told the court, "Your Honour, mi animals dem always tie ... Is because mi come from work and let dem go for a little time ... Mi goat never did a cause no trouble."

RM Pusey said, "Sir, you can't just let go of your animals ... The law speaks to this in the Trespassing Act, whereas persons are subject to harassment by the animal ... all that individual has to do is kill the animal and call you the owner to come and pick up the carcass."

Lindo was freed of the charge and told to go after RM Pusey ruled that no evidence was offered.

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