Perth: Meerkat theft co-accused appear in court

Jesse Hooker. Picture: Matt Zis.
Jesse Hooker. Picture: Matt Zis.

TWO people allegedly involved in the theft of a baby meerkat from Perth Zoo have appeared in court today.

Neither Jesse Hooker (22) nor Aimee Cummins (23), both from Beverley, were required to enter a plea on their first appearance at the Perth Magistrates Court.

Mr Hooker was charged with the theft of Perth Zoo’s baby meerkat, which was valued at $21,281, from the zoo on September 19.

Outside of court, Mr Hooker said he was surprised to hear the value of the meerkat.

Ms Cummins was charged with receiving the meerkat.

Ms Cummins, who needed to be physically supported while she stood in court, simply nodded when her name was read out.

The baby meerkat after it was returned to Perth Zoo.

Defence lawyer John Rando requested the case be remanded for legal advice.

He also requested a suppression order for Ms Cummins, saying she had a significant health disorder.

Mr Rando said he had concerns her health would be adversely impacted by media coverage of the case.

Aimee Cummins Pic: Facebook.

The magistrate denied the application.

Ms Cummins did not answer any questions outside of court.

The pair was granted bail of a personal undertaking and will reappear on November 14.