Trent Lovegrove, Birdland accused, pleads guilty

A MAN has pleaded guilty to three charges in relation to the break-in and theft of animals from Birdland Animal Park, Batemans Bay, last year.

Bail was not applied for, and refused, for Trent William John Lovegrove, 27, 

A raft of charges against Lovegrove was amended, and pleas entered, when he appeared before Batemans Bay Local Court by audio visual link from Wellington Correctional Centre on August 10.

Lovegrove pleaded guilty to two charges of break and enter and theft of equipment less than $60,000 in value from sheds on George Bass Drive, Surf Beach, in June last year, one charge of taking and driving a conveyance without the owner’s consent, and possessing a prohibited drug.

In relation to offences that occurred at Birdland in September 2014, Lovegrove pleaded guilty to break, enter and theft in value less than $60,000, one of larceny between $5000 and $15,000, and one charge of buy/sell/possess protected fauna.

Four charges were withdrawn.

Lovegrove was arrested on March 3 and has been in custody since then.

His counsel, John Edmunds, said his client wanted a chance to have residential rehabilitation.

“He is keen to go to a farm at Brewarrina or Oolong House at Nowra,” he said.

Magistrate Mark Douglass requested a pre-sentence report, which, he said, was needed to let the sentencing court know what caused Lovegrove to commit such serious offences.

The matters were adjourned to September 21 for sentencing.

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