Stolen saddle prompts lifetime ban

ABC Rural
Eliza Rogers

riding saddle

A horse auctioneer says he will slap a lifetime ban on a man fined for selling stolen horse gear at Queensland’s Gympie saleyards in early October.

Kandanga man Angus Boyd Bennett, 38, pleaded guilty in the Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to one charge of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence, and four charges of dishonestly obtaining money.

He’s now been ordered to repay the $207 he collected from the stolen items, plus an $880 fine. Auctioneer Brian Munro says he will ban Bennett, who was a regular at the horse sale.

“It’s an auctioneer’s choice on who he does or doesn’t do business with; it’s one of the few places in business where you can discriminate,” he said.

“There are no second chances, and that would also give them life bans around a lot of other auction houses.”