Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teen Fined For Terrorising Capuchin Monkeys At Alma Park Zoo

A Gold Coast teenager who went bananas at Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo, terrorising the monkeys, has been fined $1000 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

Bryce Samuel Boothby, 19, and two friends broke in to the zoo three times earlier this year, gaining access to the enclosure of the park's three black-capped capuchin monkeys.

Boothby faced Southport Magistrates Court today, pleading guilty to three counts of entering premises and two counts of wilful damage.

The court was told that on one occasion the monkeys became so frightened they went in to hiding inside the zoo.

It was weeks before they were found and returned to their enclosure.

Wearing an Adidas tracksuit, Boothby offered no excuse or apology for his behaviour when confronted by media outside the court.

Boothby's defence lawyer Chris Rosser, who told the court the only witnesses to the crimes "were monkeys", said the friends had been drinking heavily before deciding to visit the zoo.

Full story here.

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