8 December 2021

Sydney man pleads guilty to shooting at domestic goats near Bredbo

| Albert McKnight
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Domestic goats (not pictured) were illegally shot on a rural property near Bredbo, south of Canberra. Photo: NSW DPI.

Several domestic goats had to be euthanised after being shot at on the Monaro by a Sydney man who admitted he fired on the animals.

Tony Bassil, 67, entered guilty pleas in the Cooma Local Court on Wednesday (8 December) to charges of committing an act of cruelty on an animal, seriously injuring an animal and shooting a firearm in a manner that could injure persons or property.

Magistrate Roger Clisdell accepted the pleas and adjourned the matter for sentencing to 21 December in Sydney.

Originally, NSW Police said Bassil used a rifle to shoot at a herd of domestic goats at a property in Colinton, south of Canberra near Bredbo, and injured several of the animals on 28 September.

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Six goats had to be euthanised due to the extent of their injuries.

At the time, police also alleged he did not have permission to shoot the goats on the property and he put the landholder in danger by shooting there.

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I personally know the family involved who were extremely traumatised by the event. The poor goats were shot at causing extreme injuries and trauma.
What isn’t mentioned in your story is that the man was shooting on a public road. Firearm offences like this should attract the highest penalties. This man acted in an extremely dangerous manner and should not have the privilege of a firearms license.

I agree entirely regarding the need to withdraw firearm access for this individual . Senseless cruel and dangerous behaviour

Patricia Casey7:58 pm 08 Dec 21

We had a goat put in our rubbish skip that looked like one of them in September this year

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