Reece Parke gives the middle finger as he is lead into the police station.
Reece Parke gives the middle finger as he is lead into the police station. Marnie Johnston

Alleged animal cruelty offender to apply for bail

TUESDAY 12.10pm: ONE of two Teven men charged with animal torture and bestiality over the killing of 10 chickens and injuring a pig will apply for bail later this month.

Reece Parke, 22, appeared via video link from Junee Correctional Centre in Lismore Local Court this morning.

Parke's lawyer Tracey Randall told Magistrate David Heilpern her client was preparing to file an application for bail to be heard at his next appearance.

Parke first appeared in court on December 23 last year, about 10 days after an incident at Nimbin's Djanbung Permaculture Gardens, where 10 heritage chickens were slaughtered and resident Polly the pig tortured.

Parke, and his co-accused Bradley Presbury, 20, are each charged with two counts of animal torture and one count of bestiality.

Both men have been in custody since their arrest.

Presbury's matter was also mentioned this morning, but he did not appear.

Magistrate Heilpern said the men were required to enter pleas to the animal torture charges on the next occasion, as they are summary charges to be sentenced in the Local Court.

The bestiality charges are indictable and will eventually be elevated to the District Court for sentencing or trial.

Magistrate Heilpern requested both men's matters to return to Lismore Local Court on April 18.

Presbury was not required to appear if legally represented.

 

TUESDAY 9.40am: TWO men accused of animal cruelty offences, including sexually assaulting a pig, at a Nimbin farm face Lismore Local Court today.

Bradley Presbury and Reece Parke, both in their 20s, are both charged with two counts of torturing, beating, and causing the death of an animal, and one count of bestiality.

The pair remain in custody following their arrest at a Teven residence on December 22.

It is expected the men will appear in court via videolink.

The charge of bestiality carries a maximum penalty in NSW of 14 years imprisonment.