Owner of grass-eating goat bleats the rap
By Andrea Blumire

Updated 1 hour 23 minutes ago
Gary the Goat outside court. Photo: Gary the goat has his day in court. (ABC News: Andrea Blumire)
Map: The Rocks 2000

A Sydney magistrate has dismissed charges against a man whose goat was accused of damaging vegetation at Circular Quay last year.

The courtroom at times erupted into fits of giggles at today’s hearing in the Downing Centre.

Police fined Jim Dezarnaulds $440 last August, saying he allowed his goat Gary to eat plants and flowers at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

He was charged with destroying vegetation without authority.

News of Gary the Goat’s run-in with the law went viral after Mr Dezarnaulds posted the incident on Facebook, attracting more than 300,000 likes.

Before the case was heard, Mr Dezarnaulds – a performer who goes by the name of Jimbo – wrote to The Rocks police asking for the case to be dropped.

In the letter he also thanked them for “helping me out with my career as comedian”.

After a lively hearing this morning, the magistrate dismissed the charge, saying Mr Dezarnaulds “had no control over what the goat might eat, he might have preferred an ice cream”.

Outside court, Mr Dezarnaulds says Gary has taught police a lesson.

“This is actually an abuse of the laws of nature, I mean it was a goat eating grass,” he said.

“I’m a comedian, I can come up with jokes, but it’s pretty hard to compete with cops coming up with this stuff.

“It’s obviously a joke, but the fact that we’re here it’s gone a bit beyond a joke.”

There is now speculation that an unfortunate mishap outside court may lead Gary to be charged with public urination.

Topics: courts-and-trials, animals, the-rocks-2000

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