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Monday, March 21, 2011
The Bird Killer!!!
Singapore is a strange country.
Take a look at this guy below. Does he look like someone that's easily frightened by a bird? - Hu
Law student Andrew Quay Wee Meng stomped and killed ibis which stalked him for sandwich at South Bank
March 16, 2011
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Andrew Quay Wee Meng outside court.
A LAW student wrestled with and stomped on an ibis so severely that it had to be put down after the bird stalked him for his sandwich at South Bank Parklands.
Andrew Quay Wee Meng, 25, of West End, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty when he faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
Police said Quay Wee Meng had been eating a sandwich in the South Bank Parklands when an ibis flew up to his table.
Witnesses said he stomped on the ibis repeatedly, shattering its left wing.
After the attack, the bird had difficulty breathing and later had to be euthanased, the court was told.
The 25-year-old told police he felt guilty but was scared of the animal.
Defence lawyer Sue Ganasan stressed that her client had been in fear, and had previously been attacked by crows.
She said the ibis had shocked Quay Wee Meng after approaching him from behind.
"He admits that his reaction was excessive," she said.
Ms Ganasan said her client also waited for police in the park and was willing to pay the vet bills incurred by the bird.
She said the 25-year-old finished his law degree at the end of this year, and had already had job offers within Australia.
At the end of that time, she said Singapore-born Quay Wee Meng would have to apply for a bridging visa and then a working visa to start a career here.
Magistrate John Costello told Quay Wee Meng his apparent rage had left onlookers appalled.
He ordered him to complete 120 hours' community service within nine months, and recommended that he perform those hours with the RSPCA.
Mr Costello declined to record a conviction, taking into account the 25-year-old had no criminal history, and the effect that a conviction would have on him.
Outside court, Quay Wee Meng said he had been "terrified" by the bird.
"Words can't describe how remorseful I am as to what happened to the bird in the end," he said.
"It has happened before with other species of birds and I was trying to defend myself."
A pet owner himself, Quay Wee Meng said he just wanted to get the bird away from him and didn't mean to kill it.
"I am more remorseful that an animal has passed away."
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