A STAY has been granted in the sentencing of Warren Alfred Moses and his two juvenile co-accused for animal cruelty charges after their solicitors made representations in Orange Local Court yesterday that could impact on their sentences.
Moses, 22, remains in custody for allegedly assaulting a man while on bail for the animal cruelty charges related to an attack on sheep at a property on Long Point Road.
Moses’ solicitor Mason Manwaring asked the court for an adjournment so he could have his client assessed to determine whether he sustained an acquired brain injury during a sporting match when he was 12.
He said this could impact on Moses’ ability to give an accurate account of what happened on the night the sheep were mauled by dogs and stabbed to death.
“This might account for inconsistencies in my client’s evidence,” Mr Manwaring said.
The police investigation into the animal cruelty case was launched after Moses posted a photograph on a social media hunting website with the bloodied sheep and a hunting dog nearby.
Police say the sheep were mauled by dogs and stabbed, with the three offenders illegally entering the Long Point property of a farmer to kill the sheep.
Mr Manwaring put a request to Magistrate Terry Lucas to consider a lengthy Section 12 bond for his client as well as a community service order.
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Mr Lucas agreed with Mr Manwaring’s request and granted an adjournment for Moses’ further assessment.
“Because I am thinking of sending him [Moses] to jail,” he said.
Andrew Rolfe and Arjun Chhabra, the solicitors for the two juveniles involved in the incident, both put forward a submission to Mr Lucas to have a Juvenile Justice report prepared on both young males and also requested an adjournment for these assessments to be carried out.
Although the court room was packed with family and friends when Moses was led into the dock by correctional services officers, it was cleared, with only the parents of the two juveniles allowed in the closed court, while their case was dealt with by Mr Lucas.
The two juveniles remain on bail.