- 24 Jan 2013
- The Courier Mail
- Peter Bodkin
COMIC Jimbo Bazoobi was not kidding when he declared he could not control the eating habits of his pet goat Gary.
Booked by police for letting his goat gulp down a freshly planted flower bed at Circular Quay, in Sydney, Bazoobi had his $440 fine thrown out in court yesterday after arguing he was not the culprit.
Bazoobi, whose real name is James Dezarnaulds, was fined for damaging vegetation after Gary munched a garden bed in August.
His lawyer Paul McGirr told Sydney’s Downing Centre court, police had the wrong defendant – it was Gary, not his owner, who was to blame.
‘‘It is a liability that attaches to only a person . . . Gary’s not a person, Your Honour,’’ he told magistrate Carolyn Barkell.
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Rick Mansley said Bazoobi had been rightly fined as he knew the goat was hungry and had still let him near a freshly planted flower bed.
Bazoobi told police he brought Gary down to the park because the goat wanted to eat. He asked officers: ‘‘Is there a law against that?’’
Ms Barkell said Bazoobi had no control over what the animal decided to chomp on and dismissed the case, adding the fine should never have been issued.
Bazoobi said he was not trying to be a ‘‘smart arse’’ by challenging police. He was just standing up for himself and Gary when they had done nothing wrong.
‘‘We’re going to catch up with a few mates at the bowling club – Gary can do some mowing and we can do some drinking,’’ he said.