Sheep farmer must face facts, magistrate says

A MALLEE farmer who denied stealing more than 160 sheep has been told by a magistrate he has to “face the cold, hard facts”.

Earlier this week Mildura Magistrates’ Court heard the sheep were found on Bernard Boseley’s Mallee Track farm last December, with their ear tags cut off.

Boseley was charged with stealing 133 ewes and is facing a further charge of stealing 168 fleeces.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan advised Boseley, appearing before the court yesterday, to seek legal representation and warned him “sometimes you have to face the cold, hard facts”.

Mr Coghlan questioned how he could claim to “not notice and extra 10 per cent more sheep” in his flock, stating “we’re not blind up here”.

The matter was adjourned until December 5 to allow the prosecution to confirm the availability of a number of witnesses.

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