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Saturday, Apr 30, 2005
Defendant/Suspect: Gregory John Jasch
A fan who slapped a police horse got a bit of a shock when he fronted court on Nov 3, charged with animal cruelty.
Gregory John Jasch, 30, of Mackay, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrate's Court after he slapped the rump of a police horse called Green Cadillac - or Caddy as he is known.
The court heard the slap took place outside Suncorp Stadium in May as Jasch and his mates made their way to the first State of Origin league game.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Doug Bettany said Caddy and his rider, Sergeant Roy Mientjes, were on patrol before the game when the officer went to talk to a group of men.
Sgt Mientjes then heard a loud slapping noise at the rear of his horse before Caddy lurched forward. Sen-Constable Bettany said there was the potential for danger if Caddy had bolted.
He said police horses in Queensland were mostly used for patrol and ceremonial purposes, and weren't trained to deal with riots or physical abuse.
Jasch, who travelled from Mackay, told the court he had not even been drinking before the game.
"All I did was slap it on the arse," he said. "I didn't mean to worry it."
The slap brought a $300 fine.
Outside court, the builder said he meant no harm and said the case had cost him thousands of dollars for travel.
"I did the wrong thing but it was just a reaction," he said.
Caddy probably had the last laugh after Jasch was bundled off the watchhouse that night and had to make his own way back to the Origin opener.
"I flew a 2000km round trip to come and watch the football and I missed three-quarters of it because of that," he said. "I was dirty about it but at the end of the day, I did the wrong thing."