SHOT A CALF. COOPER’S PLAINS INCIDENT.
Thomas Hart (33, laborer) appeared before Mr. H. L. Archdall, C.P.M., in the City Police Court yesterday after noon, on a charge that, on January 10. at Cooper’s Plains, Oxley, a roan bull calf, the property of James Greer, was suspected on reasonable grounds to have been stolen, and that, on that day at Paradise-road, Cooper’s Plains, part of the carcase of the calf was found In possession of him (Hart). A plea of guilty was entered.
Sergeant Blackmore stated that the calf was running about Cooper’s Plains with its mother, and defendant shot it in the head and cut off a quarter. He then threw some rubbish and wood on the remainder of the carcase, and set fire to it. The police were notified of the incident, and they examined the spot where the calf had been shot and burnt. In defendant’s hut they found a quantity of veal. Defendant admitted that he shot the calf and took a quarter of it away for meat. Complainant had reported the loss of the cow, and calf to the police. The calf was not branded.
A fine of £20, or six months’ imprisonment was imposed.
From the Daily Standard, Tuesday 11 January 1921, page 5
Image: Boyland’s farm and dairy at Coopers Plains, Brisbane, date unknown. Coopers Plains Heritage Collection, Coopers Plains Library, Brisbane City Council.