A phone call recorded by two women may play a key role in the prosecution of two men over the alleged decapitation murder of chickens and torture of a pig at Nimbin last December.
Reece Parke and Bradley Presbury faced a hearing in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday charged with two counts each of torture beating and causing the death of an animal.
Both men were refused bail and were remanded in custody until Mr Presbury successfully applied for Supreme Court bail earlier this month.
It is alleged the men killed 10 heritage chickens and tortured ‘Polly’ the pig at Nimbin’s Djanbung Gardens on December 13.
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The court heard two female friends allegedly secretly recorded a phone call where Mr Presbury ‘dobbed in’ Mr Parke over the incident.
During the call Mr Presbury allegedly acknowledges he was with Mr Parke on the night of December 13, but he denied going to Djanbung Gardens permaculture farm.
Solicitors for Mr Presbury, Tom Ivey and Mr Parke, Tracey Randall argued the phone call was inadmissible in an application to the court.
Both solicitors argued the recording was illegally recorded and unreliable and a ‘set up’, but Magistrate Annette Sinclair ruled that the recording was admissible.
It will now form a key part of the prosecution case.
When Mr Presbury took to the witness box he said he lied about Mr Parke’s involvement during the call, News Corporation reported.
Before the alleged incident, the court heard the two men had been drinking at the Nimbin Hotel before going to a friends house to continue drinking.
After the incident police conducted a search…
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