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

DNA to play key role in bestiality court case

TUESDAY 1.33pm: FINGERPRINT analysis and DNA testing of an horrific Nimbin crime scene in which 10 heritage chickens were slaughtered and a pig's snout slashed will play a key role in the case against two men charged with the crimes.

Northern Rivers men Reece Parke, 22, and Bradley Presbury, 20, were excused from appearing in Lismore Local Court today over the animal cruelty and bestiality charges.

Both men are in custody after being refused bail following their arrest in late December.

The prosecution told Magistrate Michael Dakin that forensic reports from the crime scene including DNA and fingerprint testing were still outstanding, and would be required in order to proceed.

It is alleged that Presbury and Parke went to Djanbung Gardens, a permaculture farm, at Nimbin on the night of December 13 when the offences occurred.

They are both alleged to have intended to inflict severe pain in the torture, beating, and causing the death of 10 heritage chickens.

The charges against the men also state they cut the snout of a pig during the rampage.

Lawyers for the two men have twice sought non-publication orders on their names, however they were refused on both occasions.

The matter was adjourned until April 4 at Lismore Local Court, prior to which a full brief of evidence will be served.
The accused men will be required to appear via video link.


TUESDAY 8.57am: TWO Northern Rivers men who allegedly interfered with a pig and killed several chickens at a Nimbin permaculture farm last month will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning.

Bradley Presbury, 20, and Reece Parke, 22, were arrested just before Christmas last year over the offences, which allegedly occurred at the Nimbin Djanbung Gardens on the night of December 13.

The accused men were denied bail and may appear via video link this morning.

Both men are charged with two counts of torturing, beating, and causing the death of an animal, and one count of bestiality.