How lovely. A bunch of reprobates stealing lambs from the disabled.
These dirty, rotten, lamb-rustling scum should all have been jailed for a decent stretch in the big house for this, not just a couple of them. And that’s without even mentioning the animal cruelty. Another soft-touch Judge at work.
Four men crammed 11 stolen lambs into the back of a hatchback because they were trying to provide for their whanau.
The lambs were pets, and kept for breeding by Idea Services, an arm of IHC that provides services to the intellectually disabled. Ten of the lambs had been hand-fed by residents.
Gino Butler, 21, Raniera Nathan, 36, Nicholas Fido, 21, and Healy Te Are-Paul, 22, grabbed the lambs from their paddock in Bridge Pa early on February 19.
They then passed the animals over the fence, dragged them up a bank and loaded up their Ford Laser.
Police discovered the animals when they pulled the car over during a routine check in Hastings. The lambs, worth a total of $880, were bruised and close to suffocating.
The men, who have family connections to each other, appeared in the Hastings District Court today. Their family packed the public gallery.
Of course, all the usual bullshit excuses and sense of entitlement abound with the classic old yarn “I was only trying to feed my whanau/family/friends/