Guilty pleas to shooting horses, sheep
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy will spend the next month in juvenile detention after pleading guilty yesterday (Wednesday) to charges arising from a shooting spree in which horses and sheep were killed near Goulburn.
The teen was arrested after police searched his Marulan home late on Tuesday.
He was charged with six counts of aggravated animal cruelty; one of committing an act of animal cruelty; two counts of shooting a firearm into a building on enclosed land; and one count each of break, enter and steal; destroy or damage property; and break and enter with intent to steal.
The offences relate to shootings on four Winfarthing Rd properties, some 20km north of Goulburn from July 23 to 27.
Police say the boy shot rounds from a gun he had stolen from one of the houses, killing three standard bred horses in one spree and later shooting pet sheep at another property at point-blank range.
He is also accused of firing shots at houses, a caravan and seven vehicles on Winfarthing Rd properties.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Goulburn Children’s Court.
He was remanded to a juvenile detention centre until his next appearance on September 14.