Gary the goat accused of eating flowers wins case
A goat named Gary, who was accused of eating flowers in central Sydney, has been freed of charge by a local court on Wednesday.
The owner of the goat, James Dezarnaulds, aka Jimbo Bazoobi, was issued with a 440-dollar fine on August 22 after police caught his goat Gary chewing on flowers outside Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, the Age reported.
However, the case was dismissed in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court.
Magistrate Carolyn Barkell said that she accepted that the accused goat had been eating the flowers when the police arrived, but asserted that there was no evidence Bazoobi brought Gary there with the intention of vandalizing vegetation.
Paul McGirr, who is the lawyer for the goat, told the court that police had issued the wrong infringement notice, as it related to a person and not a goat.
He also said that it couldn't be proved that Bazoobi put Gary up to the act, and said that he can't guess what Gary might have been whispered in his goat ear.
The magistrate dismissed Bazoobi's application for the crown to pay his legal costs but cancelled his fine.