Animal activist cops $5000 fine for trespassing on piggeries

Kieren Beattie outside Mandurah Magistrates Court.
Kieren Beattie outside Mandurah Magistrates Court.

TRESPASSING on two piggeries cost an animal activist $5000 when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today .

Kieran Samuel Beattie (23) pleaded guilty to two counts of without lawful excuse trespassed on a place.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Beattie trespassed on a Nambeelup piggery on August 28 to 29 and took photos.

Animal activist fined $3000

She said Beattie also trespassed at a piggery in Hopeland on August 30 to 31.

Magistrate Anne Longden warned Beattie’s lawyer not to grandstand about animal activism and urged him to only talk about the mitigating circumstances for his client.

The court was told Beattie worked in the disability industry and he would not trespass again because he valued his family and work.

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Ms Longden said she did not believe the photos and video at the piggery were taken for Beattie’s own “fact-finding” purposes.

She granted him a spent conviction.