Gore goat stealer sentenced

00:42, Nov 28 2012

A 20-year-old Gore man who stole a goat as a prank was today told by a judge his offending was dumb.

Jamie Michael Brosnahan appeared before Judge Noel Walsh in the Gore District Court today for stealing a domestic goat, together with another person, valued at $100 on November 5.

He was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay $142.55 reparation.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said Brosnahan was with a friend who was driving a ute when they stopped outside a house where a domestic goat was tethered to the grass verge.

Brosnahan's friend attempted to take the goat and put it in the back of the ute. He struggled and Brosnahan assisted and the pair placed the goat in the back of the vehicle, he said.

They drove to another house and Brosnahan's friend tied the goat to the letterbox and the pair left, he said.

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The occupants of the house found the goat, which was deceased, the following day. An autopsy of the goat was unable to confirm the cause of death, Mr McMurdo said.

When spoken to by police Brosnahan said the pair had taken the goat as a prank and left it at the house because it was the home of a female friend of Brosnahan's associate.

He said when they had left the goat it was alive and eating grass, he said.

Brosnahan's lawyer John Fraser said he was remorseful and taking the goat was not his idea but he had participated.

Judge Walsh said the goat's owner says in his victim impact statement: "what sort of a low-life person would be so crazy as to pinch my goat?"

Brosnahan was a goat-stealer and his offending was dumb, Judge Walsh said.

The Southland Times