Jail ?best thing? on animal cruelty

By DARRYN NUFER

A ROCKHAMPTON man who received the toughest penalty ever handed down for animal cruelty in Queensland yesterday said jail was "the best thing for me'' . Darren Ronald Veach, 37, also said he was sorry for what he did.

In April he was jailed for three months after pleading guilty to seven animal cruelty charges for conduct which included wrapping rubber bands around his pet dog's penis and twisting the foxie's right rear leg until it fractured, resulting in amputation.

Yesterday he was back in court facing four attempting to pervert the course of justice charges relating to the same matter.

He was committed to stand trial in the District Court at a date to be advised.

Outside the court, Veach was a noticeably different man, saying he had deserved to go to jail for animal cruelty.

"I fully agree that anybody doing things like that should go to jail,'' he said.

"Jail was the best thing for me.

"I'm 100% against animal cruelty. I've totally learned my lesson.''

Veach went on to say that, in the past, drugs had influenced his behaviour.

He said he was now drug-free after undergoing rehabilitation while in prison.

"Drugs made me not sort of care. It made me blind to what I was doing. I'm off all drugs now and I'm not getting involved back in it.''

Veach said he would soon be finishing a computer course and was hopeful of gaining employment.

"I'm going good at the moment,'' he said.



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