- Tom Quach took the ibis from a park, stuffed it in his backpack and rode a stolen bike to his home.
- He decapitated the bird and hung it to dry in his shower.
- The 60-year-old pleaded guilty and was convicted on 10 counts of animal cruelty, shoplifting and drug possession.
“The accused told police that when he is high on meth he enjoys hurting the Australian white ibis, prior to cooking and eating the bird,” court documents state.
He had said he was confused about whether the birds, commonly known as bin chickens, could be eaten in NSW.
“Yes,” Quach responded.
Tom Quach pleaded guilty and was convicted on 10 counts of animal cruelty, shoplifting and drug possession. Source: AAP / Flavio Brancaleone
The Malabar man was also slapped with a $200 fine for the three animal cruelty charges and a drug possession charge, totalling $800.
Defence lawyer Hayley Le urged the magistrate to consider a drug rehabilitation program instead of imprisonment as it was a “compelling change” that would lead to more meaningful progress.
“Time in custody means less time being cared for by community correction officers.”
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https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/man-who-killed-and-attempted-to-cook-an-ibis-sentenced-to-prison/264putab1 Ibis killer Tom Quach jailed for six months