WARREN Moses, the man accused of 20 charges of animal cruelty, stock theft and trespassing is out of jail after his family posted $5000 in surety at Orange Court House yesterday.
Moses’ solicitor Mason Manwaring entered not guilty pleas on behalf of his client as part of his submission for his client to be granted bail, after bail had been refused on Wednesday at a hearing before a registrar.
Moses sat emotionless in prison greens as the lengthy bail argument between Mr Manwaring and police prosecutor Andy Bobin, who wanted Moses kept in jail until his next court appearance, took place.
A second male, a 17-year-old juvenile who cannot be named because of his age, is now facing a similar number of charges to Moses and will appear in Orange Children’s Court in June.
He was arrested along with another teenager and questioned at Orange police station late on Wednesday.
The second teenager who was also questioned was released without charge pending further investigations in the case.
Police are alleging the men are linked to the discovery of dead sheep on a property at Mullion Creek between April 20 and May 11.
Police claim the sheep were stabbed and/or mauled by a dog.
The police investigation was launched following complaints from the public about a photograph posted on a social media site depicting Moses and the teenager showing off bloodied dead sheep with their hunting dog nearby.
The second teenager who faces Orange Children’s Court in June was charged with eight acts of aggravated cruelty upon an animal, five counts of committing an act of cruelty upon an animal five counts of stock theft and entering enclosed lands.
Moses must report at Orange Police Station three times a week until he reappears in court in June.
Orange Court House was packed yesterday with friends and family members of Moses having to wait outside during the bail hearing as there were no seats available.