Man boasts in SMS after poisoning pet fish with Solo
A CALOUNDRA man who exacted revenge on a former housemate by using cans of soft drink to kill her pet fish sent a text to boast about the dastardly deed, Gympie Magistrates Court heard Tuesday.
Answering a charge of feeding or administering a harmful poisonous substance with intent to kill an animal on December 6, 2012 was 41-year-old Peter Neil Foley.
At the time of the offence he was living with the owner of the fish under a sub-letting arrangement later abandoned after advice from a real estate agent.
Prosecution said Foley sent a text about the dead fish after being told he would need to move out.
The victim owned two fish tanks holding 86 fish and Foley admitted to police he had put food and drink in the tanks.
In the text, Foley taunted the victim and confessed to using eight cans of Solo to harm the fish.
Upset fun had been made of him, he also dared the victim to send police.
Foley's defence lawyer said his client committed the offence before finding out he would be unable to remain in the sub-letting arrangement.
The Toowoomba-born defendant, who left school after Year 10, was 39 at the time of the offence.
He had served in the military as a medic for four years before being honourably discharged.
The lawyer said Foley was being bullied at the time by both the victim and her family and was "not thinking clearly".
"He was ashamed of his actions ... (as) an animal lover," the lawyer said.
Foley pleaded guilty and was given a six-month $1000 good behaviour bond, with $200 restitution also ordered.