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Posted by: Bear Jun 28 2018, 08:48 AM
Dismay at sentence for man who bludgeoned penguins to death. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_angry002.gif

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Joshua Leigh Jeffrey continues to deny killing the penguins. Photo: ABC

A man who beat six penguins to death with a stick has been sentenced to 49 hours of community service at a court in north-west Tasmania, with a bird group expressing dismay over the punishment.

The Magistrates Court in Burnie heard Joshua Leigh Jeffrey, 20, and another man bludgeoned the little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, at Sulphur Creek beach on New Year’s Day in 2016.

In handing down the sentence Magistrate Tamara Jago described the killings as a “callous act” against “vulnerable penguins”.

“They were an easy target,” she said.

“The fractures to their head were consistent with blunt force trauma … the attack continued for at least several minutes.”

Jeffrey’s lawyer Greg Richardson told the court his client had ongoing mental health issues going back to when his client was a child.

Magistrate Jago noted that Jeffrey had “shown no remorse and continues to deny guilt”.

Jeffrey was convicted of one count of aggravated cruelty to animals likely to result in death, deformity or serious disablement and one count of take, buy, sell, or possess protected wildlife without authority.

In addition to community service, Jeffrey was ordered to pay court costs of $82.15 and a conviction was recorded under his name.

The court heard nine penguins were found dead, but the cause of death of three could not be established.

In Tasmania, the maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty to animals is five years in jail or a fine of just over $31,000.

Local heard ‘violent noises’ from campsite.

The court heard local man Luke Williams had found the bodies of the penguins after he overheard “violent” noises from a nearby campsite.

Dr Eric Woehler from Birds Tasmania issued a statement expressing “extreme disappointment at the leniency of the sentence”.

“This is no deterrent whatsoever,” Dr Woehler said.

“This will not stop the next person going out and doing exactly the same thing at some time in the future.”

He said Jeffrey’s punishment “places minimal value on Tasmania’s precious wildlife” and set an “unwelcome precedent for future attacks”.

“The current penalties are clearly failing to prevent the cruel and senseless killing of wildlife in Tasmania. There is no deterrence in this sentence.”

Dr Woehler said the colony at Sulphur Creek would take “years to recover” from the loss of the birds.

“With so many other threats, such as gillnets and dog attacks, the last thing any penguin colony needs is a senseless and cruel attack such as this one,” he said.

“Little penguins deserve our protection and care, and I am sure the Tasmanian community would not want to see another attack like this one.”


https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/tas/2018/06/25/penguin-killer-avoids-jail/

In addition to community service, Jeffrey was ordered to pay court costs of $82.15 and a conviction was recorded under his name.


No deterrent in that sentence!
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In Tasmania, the maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty to animals is five years in jail or a fine of just over $31,000.

Why such a pathetic sentence if the above is the maximum, most likely excuses like a hard upbringing, drug addiction etc etc - it was the Penguins' fault, I am so sick of our pathetic legal system!!

Send scum like this to Pluto...but then again, Pluto wouldn't want them!
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Posted by: Flin Jun 28 2018, 08:56 AM
April 29 2010 - 12:52PM
Legal Aid lawyer Tamara Jago awarded Senior Counsel for outstanding work

SERVICE RECOGNISED:

WELL regarded defence counsel Tamara Jago, of Smithton, wants to dispel the myth Legal Aid lawyers are second-rate options. Last week awarded a Senior Counsel (SC), known as "taking silk", the Legal Aid lawyer has gone a long way to proving her point. Having represented clients in some of the state's most notorious criminal trials, such as the Penguin axe murders, Ms Jago, 39, is the first female lawyer in the state's history to be given such recognition. It's the combination of her gender, full-time work for Legal Aid, and her North-West Coast upbringing that makes her especially proud to be recognised by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

What else needs to be said?

Posted by: charka Jun 28 2018, 08:56 AM
Needs a flogging Nothing to be proud of you female ambulance chaser

Posted by: Michael.W Jun 28 2018, 09:38 AM
Unfortunately this is all to often treated as if the animal has no defense, They are defenseless and protected, yet the lawyers of this country are tasked to give these people a fair trial. If it wasn't for the making the lawyers rich they would most likely throw these people to the wolfs.

This person will have his Carma in due course and there won't be any judge or lawyer to protect him until after the fact, with any luck that will mean he won't be able to defend himself, given him the same option he gave the innocent penguins.

One can only hope sooner than later.

Posted by: lee Jun 28 2018, 12:01 PM
QUOTE (Flin @ Jun 28 2018, 06:56 AM)
April 29 2010 - 12:52PM
Legal Aid lawyer Tamara Jago awarded Senior Counsel for outstanding work

SERVICE RECOGNISED:

WELL regarded defence counsel Tamara Jago, of Smithton, wants to dispel the myth Legal Aid lawyers are second-rate options. Last week awarded a Senior Counsel (SC), known as "taking silk", the Legal Aid lawyer has gone a long way to proving her point. Having represented clients in some of the state's most notorious criminal trials, such as the Penguin axe murders, Ms Jago, 39, is the first female lawyer in the state's history to be given such recognition. It's the combination of her gender, full-time work for Legal Aid, and her North-West Coast upbringing that makes her especially proud to be recognised by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

What else needs to be said?



The murders in Penguin Tas are a completely different event.

Posted by: Flin Jun 28 2018, 06:14 PM
I know that Lee. Just background information.

Posted by: Bear Jun 28 2018, 06:50 PM
Mike, as you will already realise most victims of crime in Australia never see justice, research in both psychology and criminology shows that people who commit such despicable acts against animals commit similar violent crimes against humans.

The sentence handed down by Magistrate Tamara Jago is pathetic, it does nothing to address this sick mind.


Penalty for killing nine little penguins no deterrent: seabird expert.

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Sentenced: Joshua Leigh Jeffrey, 20, was sentenced to 49 hours of community service for killing penguins in 2016. Photo: Brodie Weeding.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/penalty-for-killing-little-penguins-no-deterrent-seabird-expert-says-20180625-p4znlm.html

‘More penguins are killed by dogs than people’, says Friends of Burnie Penguins secretary.


https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5494543/more-penguins-are-killed-by-dogs-than-people/

What stupid comment, in BOTH cases bloody humans are to blame! http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/mad.gif

Members of the public and experts slam Tasmanian animal abuser’s ‘light sentence’

THIS man was handed an $82 fine for killing nine tiny birds — a penalty that’s been described as a “shocking miscarriage of justice”.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/members-of-the-public-and-experts-slam-tasmanian-animal-abusers-light-sentence/news-story/bcea0a8d32743e0cc036cb2275c54a83

Posted by: charka Jun 28 2018, 08:58 PM
well smile you are well known now

Posted by: Michael.W Jun 29 2018, 09:25 AM
QUOTE (Bear @ Jun 28 2018, 06:50 PM)
Mike, as you will already realise most victims of crime in Australia never see justice, research in both psychology and criminology shows that people who commit such despicable acts against animals commit similar violent crimes against humans.

The sentence handed down by Magistrate Tamara Jago is pathetic, it does nothing to address this sick mind.


Penalty for killing nine little penguins no deterrent: seabird expert.

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Sentenced: Joshua Leigh Jeffrey, 20, was sentenced to 49 hours of community service for killing penguins in 2016. Photo: Brodie Weeding.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/penalty-for-killing-little-penguins-no-deterrent-seabird-expert-says-20180625-p4znlm.html

‘More penguins are killed by dogs than people’, says Friends of Burnie Penguins secretary.


https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5494543/more-penguins-are-killed-by-dogs-than-people/

What stupid comment, in BOTH cases bloody humans are to blame!  http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/mad.gif

Members of the public and experts slam Tasmanian animal abuser’s ‘light sentence’

THIS man was handed an $82 fine for killing nine tiny birds — a penalty that’s been described as a “shocking miscarriage of justice”.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/members-of-the-public-and-experts-slam-tasmanian-animal-abusers-light-sentence/news-story/bcea0a8d32743e0cc036cb2275c54a83


Bear, more likely deranged and social mis guided individual. The judge should have thrown the book at him but should have also made him see professional help. Sending him to goal at his age would most likely do more harm than good, even though he probably deseves it. If we were to judge a book by its we would assume this individual couldn't care less about our laws.

He will get his just deserts in the end even if its a life long punishment of adding a criminal offence every time he has to fill out a form. That will cost him more than he knows in tthe long run, but then again he could end up on social support for the rest of his life as well.

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