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Fined for saving staghorn

A MAN who took a staghorn from the Booloumba Falls at Conondale National Park in an attempt to nurse it back to health never suspected it would land him in court.

Damien Trent Bradbury, 40, pleaded guilty yesterday to taking the plant from the national park on April 24.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and a drug utensil after police searched his Imbil home on July 5.

Bradbury's defence lawyer Chris Anderson said Bradbury had found the staghorn in poor condition, but nursed it back to health.

Mr Anderson said Bradbury had a "general plan" of returning the plant to the national park.

Magistrate M. Baldwin fined Bradbury $450 for taking the plant and sentenced him to a four month good behaviour bond for the drug charges.

Gympie Times

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