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Case ID: 18812
Classification: Beating
Animal: other farm animal
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Sunday, Aug 28, 2011

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Joel Smith

A TEENAGER appeared in court yesterday charged over an attack at a school farm that left a much-loved lamb dead.

Joel Smith, 19, is accused of breaking into an agricultural plot at Menai High School, in Sydney's south, on August 28 and terrorizing animals.

It is alleged Smith and two 17-year-old boys used bolt cutters to break through the fence between 6pm and 9pm and then chased the animals.

Arriving at school the next day, staff found the animals distressed and one of the lambs in pain with a broken leg.

The lamb was taken to a veterinary surgery but had to be put down because of its injuries, leaving students who cared for the animals in tears.

Police found a trail of empty beer bottles in the enclosure.

Smith, of Menai, appeared briefly in Sutherland Local Court yesterday.

He is yet to enter pleas to the charges of entering a prescribed premises without lawful excuse and committing an act of cruelty upon an animal.


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