A 20-year-old thug from Tasmania, who bludgeoned six baby penguins to death with a stick at Sulphur Creek in Tasmania two years ago, will not receive any jail time. Joshua Leigh Jeffrey was convicted in July and originally was sentenced to perform only 49 hours of community service.
According to the Daily Mail, Jeffrey and another man had beaten the fairy baby penguins on New Year’s Day in 2016 fracturing their heads consistent with blunt force trauma with an unprovoked attack that continued for several minutes. The defendant’s attorney told the court his client suffered from ongoing mental health problems since childhood.
Jeffrey showed no remorse and was convicted of one count of aggravated animal cruelty resulting in death and one count of take, buy, sell or possess protected wildlife without permission. He was also ordered to pay court costs of $82. Nine penguins were found dead, but the cause of death of three of the animals could not be established.
When sentenced, both the community and animal welfare groups expressed their disappointment “at the leniency of the sentence,” expressing the punishment would not discourage others from such egregious animal cruelty in the future.
After the July sentencing, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution appealed the judge’s decision declaring it was “manifestly inadequate.” On Monday, Justice Estcourt doubled the community service hours to 98. In addition, the defendant was sentenced to two months in prison, however that was suspended provided he commits no offenses during the next 12 months.
In Tasmania, the maximum sentence for aggravated animal cruelty could have been a $31,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
And that’s justice for protected wildlife?
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