24 Sep 2009

Judge adjourns cow cruelty case

10:16 pm on 24 September 2009

A court case in which a farmer and his manager are facing charges of wilful cruelty of a cow and maiming the animal has been adjourned.

Police arrested farmer Ronald Frew and Geoffrey Donald after an officer travelling between Ohakune and Waiouru saw a live cow impaled on a tractor fork being transported across a farm paddock.

The Crown called five witnesses. The defence had only completed presenting evidence from one of its witnesses when the judge adjourned the case on Thursday, due to a lack of time to hear all the evidence.

The hearing is now set down to be completed in late December.