THE RSPCA has slammed the decision not to jail one of the teenagers responsible for the brutal killing of two alpacas at Caboolture State High School last year.
Wayne Charles Hartwig, 19, was sentenced to six months jail for killing one alpaca, and three months for injuring the other so severely it had to be put down, when he appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.
But Magistrate Jennifer Batts suspended both terms immediately. She imposed a two year ban on Hartwig having an animal, and ordered he pay the school $686.50 restitution.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said Hartwig deserved to go to jail.
“This was obviously a horrendous case and understandably there was enormous community outrage over this,” Mr Beatty said.
“We feel that not only as a punishment, but some form of deterrent, that he should have spent some time inside.
In the curious case of Jesus Christ versus chocolate, church leaders, chocolate retailers and the public have cast their judgment. The two can co-exist this Easter.
On Wednesday, we asked Facebook followers one simple question which had Moreton Bay raging: “Is Easter about church or chocolate?”
Most people found it difficult to decide, mostly choosing “church and family” or “church and chocolate”. Others were side-tracked slightly, claiming the holiday was more about “kids and fertility”, the “Babylonian goddess of war, love, fertility and sex”, “long weekends” or “prawns”.
Pastor Ross Wardill of Deception Bay Baptist Church took an impartial position, declaring church and chocolate could co-exist peacefully.
For Christians, Mr Wardill said Easter was a time to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection but somewhere along the line chocolate Easter eggs, symbols of new life, got involved.