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DNA crucial in Nimbin bestiality case, court hears

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DNA evidence could prove critical in convicting two men charged with animal cruelty and bestiality over the alleged death of 10 chickens and the slashing of a pig’s snout at Nimbin in December.

Reece Parke and Bradley Presbury were excused from appearing via video link from jail at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, but were represented by their solicitors Tracey Randall (Parke) and Tom Ivey (Presbury).

Parke, 22, and Presbury, 20, both face two counts of torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal and one count of bestiality.

It is alleged the pair went to the Djanbung Gardens permaculture farm, on Cecil St, on the night of December 13, and inflicted the brutality and torture on 10 heritage chickens and 12 year-old Polly the pig.

The destruction from their violent rampage was found at 7.30am the following morning by workers who noticed the chickens with broken necks and other broken bones.

Then they found Polly’s snout had allegedly been slashed and she was suffering internal injuries.

The men were arrested at Teven on December 22 and taken to Lismore police station where they were charged and refused bail.

Prosecutor Mr Wiggins told the court on Tuesday the results of some forensic testing from the crime scene, including DNA and fingerprint evidence, was still needed to complete the brief of evidence so the matters could proceed.

Magistrate Michael Dakin adjourned the pair’s matters until April 4 for reply to the brief of evidence.

Parke and Presbury, who remain behind bars, are expected to appear via video link.

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